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Testimony & Letters

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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Our amicus brief to end ‘gut and replace’

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That famous quote is often attributed to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, but it was used by other famous figures as well, including Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan and William Henry Harrison, according to Monticello.org, a website devoted to all things Thomas Jefferson. The website said ultimately the phrase can be traced back

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Council approves PLAs despite many concerns

This testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was submitted to the full Honolulu City Council on Oct. 9, 2019. It is similar to testimony submitted on July 24, except for a figure in the bill being increased from $250,000 to $1 million, then afterward to $2 million. After a

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Testimony on ‘Community Workforce Agreements’ — Bill 37

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Budget, July 24, 2019. RE: Bill 37 (2019) — RELATING TO COMMUNITY WORKFORCE AGREEMENTS. [1]  Aloha, Chair [Joey] Manahan, Vice Chair [Brandon] Elefante and other members of the Honolulu City Council Committee on

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Testimony on short-term rentals – Bill 89

May 8, 2019 To: Honolulu City Council From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: Bill 89 — Relating to Short-Term Rentals Comments Only Dear Council Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on Bill 89, which sets out certain regulations and

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Testimony on civil asset forfeiture bill — HB 748

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 3, 2019. Re: HB748 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on House

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Testimony on proposed GE tax increase — SB 1747

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 28, 2019. RE: SB 1474 — RELATING TO TAXATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB 1474,

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Testimony on SB 1 — Relating to Housing

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii House Committee on Housing on March 14, 2019. RE: SB 1 — RELATING TO HOUSING Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB1, which would

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Grassroot Institute testifies on wage bill

January 31, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts      Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair      Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii           Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: SB 1248 — RELATING TO MINIMUM

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Honolulu rail funding bill would break a promise

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted testimony today (Oct. 30, 2018) to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Legislative Matters regarding Bill 42, relating to funding for Honolulu County’s rail project. The comments were submitted Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president. ***************************** Aloha, Chair (Ernest Y.) Martin, Vice Chair (Kymberly

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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

Read More →

Our amicus brief to end ‘gut and replace’

“Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty.” That famous quote is often attributed to U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, but it was used by other famous figures as well, including Frederick Douglass, James Buchanan and William Henry Harrison, according to Monticello.org, a website devoted to all things Thomas Jefferson. The website said ultimately the phrase can be traced back

Read More →

Council approves PLAs despite many concerns

This testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was submitted to the full Honolulu City Council on Oct. 9, 2019. It is similar to testimony submitted on July 24, except for a figure in the bill being increased from $250,000 to $1 million, then afterward to $2 million. After a

Read More →

Testimony on ‘Community Workforce Agreements’ — Bill 37

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Budget, July 24, 2019. RE: Bill 37 (2019) — RELATING TO COMMUNITY WORKFORCE AGREEMENTS. [1]  Aloha, Chair [Joey] Manahan, Vice Chair [Brandon] Elefante and other members of the Honolulu City Council Committee on

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Testimony on short-term rentals – Bill 89

May 8, 2019 To: Honolulu City Council From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: Bill 89 — Relating to Short-Term Rentals Comments Only Dear Council Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on Bill 89, which sets out certain regulations and

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Testimony on civil asset forfeiture bill — HB 748

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 3, 2019. Re: HB748 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on House

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Testimony on proposed GE tax increase — SB 1747

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 28, 2019. RE: SB 1474 — RELATING TO TAXATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB 1474,

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Testimony on SB 1 — Relating to Housing

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii House Committee on Housing on March 14, 2019. RE: SB 1 — RELATING TO HOUSING Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB1, which would

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Grassroot Institute testifies on wage bill

January 31, 2019, 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts      Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair      Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii           Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: SB 1248 — RELATING TO MINIMUM

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Honolulu rail funding bill would break a promise

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii submitted testimony today (Oct. 30, 2018) to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Legislative Matters regarding Bill 42, relating to funding for Honolulu County’s rail project. The comments were submitted Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president. ***************************** Aloha, Chair (Ernest Y.) Martin, Vice Chair (Kymberly

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