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Testimony & Letters

Testimony on emergency powers measure, Take 2

This following testimony regarding “HB2502, SD1 — Relating to Health” was submitted to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means for its consideration on July 2, 2020. _______________  To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means      Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair      Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Legislature’s plan to breach the debt limit

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Means and Ways on Monday, June 22, 2020, ______________ June 22, 2020 10:00 a.m. State Capitol To: Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gil S. C. Keith-Agaran,

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Consider repealing county’s discriminatory builder contracting law

Above, Jonathan Young, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Hawaii chapter, 2019 The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council on June 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ___________________ Regular Meeting, Honolulu City Council City Council Chamber To: Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair

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Testimony on HB2200, HD1, relating to the state budget

This is the testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding HB2200, HD1, aka the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means at its meeting on Monday, May 11, 2020. _______________ May 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase

Photo by Charley Myers Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2541 Testimony March 12, 2020 3:15 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

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Grassroot Institute testifies on asset forfeiture reform

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2069 Testimony February 13, 2020 2:05 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Chris Lee, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: HB2069 — RELATING TO PROPERTY

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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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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 emergency powers measure, Take 2

This following testimony regarding “HB2502, SD1 — Relating to Health” was submitted to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means for its consideration on July 2, 2020. _______________  To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means      Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair      Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Legislature’s plan to breach the debt limit

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Means and Ways on Monday, June 22, 2020, ______________ June 22, 2020 10:00 a.m. State Capitol To: Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gil S. C. Keith-Agaran,

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Consider repealing county’s discriminatory builder contracting law

Above, Jonathan Young, president of the Associated Builders & Contractors, Hawaii chapter, 2019 The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council on June 3, 2020, 10:00 a.m. ___________________ Regular Meeting, Honolulu City Council City Council Chamber To: Ikaika Anderson, Chair Ann Kobayashi, Vice Chair

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Testimony on HB2200, HD1, relating to the state budget

This is the testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding HB2200, HD1, aka the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means at its meeting on Monday, May 11, 2020. _______________ May 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

Read More →

Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase

Photo by Charley Myers Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2541 Testimony March 12, 2020 3:15 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

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Grassroot Institute testifies on asset forfeiture reform

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii – HB2069 Testimony February 13, 2020 2:05 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Chris Lee, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President Re: HB2069 — RELATING TO PROPERTY

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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

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