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Honolulu Council acts to repeal outdated city transit ordinances

Downtown Honolulu at the corner of King and Fort streets, circa 1900. City and County of Honolulu photo Grassroot’s Ted Kefalas said the two laws are no longer relevant, and he hopes the Council will continue to target outdated laws The Honolulu City Council approved a Grassroot-supported bill on Wednesday

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Kaua‘i County Council member praises Grassroot housing policy

Kaua‘i County Council Member Ross Kagawa spoke favorably about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s approach to housing policy during the Council’s May 14 special meeting in Lihue. Kagawa mentioned Grassroot while expressing his reservations about Resolution 2024-13, which would increase the County’s tax rates on hotel and resort and vacation

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Helton touts guest houses as way to ease Kaua‘i housing shortage

The following commentary was first published on July 4, 2024, in The Garden Island newspaper. ______________ Kaua‘i County lawmakers will soon have another chance to ease the island’s critical housing shortage when a bill comes before them that would allow existing Kaua‘i homeowners to build both accessory dwelling units and

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Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers

The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses Hawaii Island beekeepers have been clamoring for some time for changes to the county’s zoning regulations that would help them expand what is already a $10 million industry on Hawaii

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Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit

The credit value and eligibility limits were all increased, with an amendment being credited to a Grassroot Institute suggestion The Maui County Council gave initial approval last Friday to a bill supported by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that, if enacted, will increase the amount of the county’s “circuit breaker”

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Remove affidavit requirement to receive building permits

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning on May 22, 2024. ______________ May 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council, Committee on Zoning       Calvin Say, Chair       Tyler

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Honolulu cuts budget by $40M; Grassroot says ‘keep going’

Most of the trageted savings would come from the operating budget of the city’s Department of Information Technology The Honolulu City Council is in the process of debating the fiscal 2025 budget — and so far it looks like its members are making an effort to be fiscally responsible. The

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Honolulu Council acts to repeal outdated city transit ordinances

Downtown Honolulu at the corner of King and Fort streets, circa 1900. City and County of Honolulu photo Grassroot’s Ted Kefalas said the two laws are no longer relevant, and he hopes the Council will continue to target outdated laws The Honolulu City Council approved a Grassroot-supported bill on Wednesday

Read More →

Kaua‘i County Council member praises Grassroot housing policy

Kaua‘i County Council Member Ross Kagawa spoke favorably about the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s approach to housing policy during the Council’s May 14 special meeting in Lihue. Kagawa mentioned Grassroot while expressing his reservations about Resolution 2024-13, which would increase the County’s tax rates on hotel and resort and vacation

Read More →

Helton touts guest houses as way to ease Kaua‘i housing shortage

The following commentary was first published on July 4, 2024, in The Garden Island newspaper. ______________ Kaua‘i County lawmakers will soon have another chance to ease the island’s critical housing shortage when a bill comes before them that would allow existing Kaua‘i homeowners to build both accessory dwelling units and

Read More →

Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers

The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses Hawaii Island beekeepers have been clamoring for some time for changes to the county’s zoning regulations that would help them expand what is already a $10 million industry on Hawaii

Read More →

Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit

The credit value and eligibility limits were all increased, with an amendment being credited to a Grassroot Institute suggestion The Maui County Council gave initial approval last Friday to a bill supported by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that, if enacted, will increase the amount of the county’s “circuit breaker”

Read More →

Remove affidavit requirement to receive building permits

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City Council Committee on Zoning on May 22, 2024. ______________ May 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City Council, Committee on Zoning       Calvin Say, Chair       Tyler

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Honolulu cuts budget by $40M; Grassroot says ‘keep going’

Most of the trageted savings would come from the operating budget of the city’s Department of Information Technology The Honolulu City Council is in the process of debating the fiscal 2025 budget — and so far it looks like its members are making an effort to be fiscally responsible. The

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