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Taxes & Fees

‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

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Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

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Akina and Perry talk ‘unemployment tax blues’

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii rode once again with “Perry & The Posse” this past Monday, invited by host Michael W. Perry to share his views about the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax. “It’s not bad enough that Hawaii’s business have been hit

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State officials need to stop pulling away the football

For almost a whole year now, Hawaii businesses have been Charlie Brown, while our state government has played the role of Lucy. Whenever things are looking up, the state pulls away the football and local businesses end up on their backs. Ever since the COVID-19 lockdown was ordered in March,

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‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’

Keli’i Akina explains on “The Mike Buck Show” why a slated tripling of the state unemployment insurance tax will only worsen Hawaii’s unemployment situation   “Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!” That was how Hawaii radio host Mike

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State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021

This article was issued as a news release on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, and again on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns HONOLULU, Nov. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s yearly unemployment tax on businesses is set to

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Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?

For more than a month, Hawaii has been taking aggressive measures to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, to curtail its impact on our fragile healthcare system. One worry has been that Hawaii doesn’t have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii’s tax system be a reason for the

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‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

Now that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic, politicians everywhere are scrambling to respond. While we applaud efforts to protect citizens’ health, there is another element that must be accounted for: the virus’ effect on Hawaii’s economy. Earlier this week, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO)

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Grassroot Institute testifies on GET exemption for doctors

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2228 Testimony Feb. 13, 2020 9:00 a.m. Conference Room 329 To: House Committee on Health Rep. John M. Mizuno, Chair Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: HB 2228 — RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX

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‘Saving’ money now is going to cost us a lot more in the future

Saving money now is going to cost our children — and our grandchildren — billions of dollars. As part of the effort to address the state’s budget woes, intensified by the coronavirus lockdowns, Gov. David Ige last year suspended mandatory payments to the state’s Employer-Union Health Benefits Trust Fund (EUTF),

Read More →

Last thing Hawai needs right now is more taxes

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for Jan. 8, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-386-9047 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ Wishing and hoping are fine themes for a movie or a pop song. For

Read More →

Akina and Perry talk ‘unemployment tax blues’

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii rode once again with “Perry & The Posse” this past Monday, invited by host Michael W. Perry to share his views about the looming massive increase in the state’s unemployment insurance tax. “It’s not bad enough that Hawaii’s business have been hit

Read More →

State officials need to stop pulling away the football

For almost a whole year now, Hawaii businesses have been Charlie Brown, while our state government has played the role of Lucy. Whenever things are looking up, the state pulls away the football and local businesses end up on their backs. Ever since the COVID-19 lockdown was ordered in March,

Read More →

‘A massive tidal wave is going to hit Hawaii businesses next year’

Keli’i Akina explains on “The Mike Buck Show” why a slated tripling of the state unemployment insurance tax will only worsen Hawaii’s unemployment situation   “Just when you thought we’re sort of getting back to some system of normalcy — not the case!” That was how Hawaii radio host Mike

Read More →

State unemployment tax slated to automatically triple in 2021

This article was issued as a news release on Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, and again on Monday, Nov. 16, 2020. _______________ Failure to address the legally required increase could discourage employers from hiring back employees after the lockdowns HONOLULU, Nov. 15, 2020 >> Hawaii’s yearly unemployment tax on businesses is set to

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Is Hawaii taxing healthcare to death?

For more than a month, Hawaii has been taking aggressive measures to “flatten the curve” of the coronavirus, to curtail its impact on our fragile healthcare system. One worry has been that Hawaii doesn’t have enough doctors and other medical providers. Could Hawaii’s tax system be a reason for the

Read More →

‘Coronavirus recession’ a reality check

Now that the coronavirus is officially a pandemic, politicians everywhere are scrambling to respond. While we applaud efforts to protect citizens’ health, there is another element that must be accounted for: the virus’ effect on Hawaii’s economy. Earlier this week, the Economic Research Organization at the University of Hawaii (UHERO)

Read More →

Grassroot Institute testifies on GET exemption for doctors

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2228 Testimony Feb. 13, 2020 9:00 a.m. Conference Room 329 To: House Committee on Health Rep. John M. Mizuno, Chair Rep. Bertrand Kobayashi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: HB 2228 — RELATING TO THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX

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