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GASB urged to reject proposals that would normalize misleading government accounting practices

The following was submitted by the Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Feb. 10, 2021, regarding two proposals that would interfere with public oversight and understanding of a state’s true financial situation.  Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector

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Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — SB1159 SD1, relating to the unemployment insurance tax

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

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Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

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VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

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GASB urged to reject proposals that would normalize misleading government accounting practices

The following was submitted by the Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Feb. 10, 2021, regarding two proposals that would interfere with public oversight and understanding of a state’s true financial situation.  Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector

Read More →

Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — SB1159 SD1, relating to the unemployment insurance tax

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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2021 Legislature might actually do some good

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Feb. 5, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ We’ve only just started the new legislative session, and the biggest surprise might be

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

Read More →

Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

Read More →

VIDEO commentary: ‘Higher revenues without higher taxes’

Jay Fidell, founder and president of the online ThinkTech Hawaii network, liked Keli’i Akina’s recent “President’s Corner” column so much (“Increase economic freedom, not state tax burden,” Jan. 29, 2021) that he asked him to produce a spoken version for the network. If you would like to have Akina’s weekly “President’s

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