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High cost of living drives family, friends out of Hawaii

The following article was published originally Jan. 25, 2023, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ Hawaii’s population declined again in 2022, and that’s not good. More than 15,000 people left Hawaii for the mainland last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Counting births, deaths and immigration from other countries,

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Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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TESTIMONY: Hold off on Maui County pay raises?

The following testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was considered by the Maui County Salary Commission on Jan. 20, 2023. ______________ Jan. 20, 2023 9:00 a.m. Mayor’s Conference Room and Videoconference To: The Maui County Salary Commission       Chair, Scott Parker       Vice Chair, Grant

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There’s still time to counter higher property taxes, Akina tells Perry

As the cost of living in Hawaii continues to soar, many Oahu residents are worried that the county’s latest property assessments will make the problem even worse.  That’s because higher property assessments typically mean higher property taxes. But Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said

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Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?

Photo by Charley Myers The 2023 Hawaii Legislature is now in session, and for organizations like the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this is one of the busiest times of the year. In past sessions, my Institute colleagues and I have often spent more time trying to stop bad ideas than

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GET exemption is ‘low-hanging fruit’ to help fix Hawaii doctor shortage

Hawaii lawmakers don’t have the luxury of waiting any longer to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s worsening healthcare provider shortage, according to a longtime Hawaii island radiologist and active member of the Hawaii Provider Shortage Crisis Task Force. Dr. Scott Grosskreutz underscored this urgency, especially regarding neighbor island

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Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments

It looks like property taxes in Hawaii are going to go up this year, and if that’s getting you rattled, you’re not alone. On Johnny Miro’s radio show this past Sunday on the H. Hawaii Media radio network, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Policy Director Malia Hill noted that property taxes

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Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

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Gov. Green responds positively to groups seeking transparency

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2023. _____________ In a Jan. 6 letter, over two dozen community and media organizations suggested changes that could be implemented by executive order HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2023 >> Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has responded favorably

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A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

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High cost of living drives family, friends out of Hawaii

The following article was published originally Jan. 25, 2023, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ Hawaii’s population declined again in 2022, and that’s not good. More than 15,000 people left Hawaii for the mainland last year, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Counting births, deaths and immigration from other countries,

Read More →

Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

TESTIMONY: Hold off on Maui County pay raises?

The following testimony by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was considered by the Maui County Salary Commission on Jan. 20, 2023. ______________ Jan. 20, 2023 9:00 a.m. Mayor’s Conference Room and Videoconference To: The Maui County Salary Commission       Chair, Scott Parker       Vice Chair, Grant

Read More →

There’s still time to counter higher property taxes, Akina tells Perry

As the cost of living in Hawaii continues to soar, many Oahu residents are worried that the county’s latest property assessments will make the problem even worse.  That’s because higher property assessments typically mean higher property taxes. But Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said

Read More →

Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?

Photo by Charley Myers The 2023 Hawaii Legislature is now in session, and for organizations like the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this is one of the busiest times of the year. In past sessions, my Institute colleagues and I have often spent more time trying to stop bad ideas than

Read More →

GET exemption is ‘low-hanging fruit’ to help fix Hawaii doctor shortage

Hawaii lawmakers don’t have the luxury of waiting any longer to pass legislation aimed at easing the state’s worsening healthcare provider shortage, according to a longtime Hawaii island radiologist and active member of the Hawaii Provider Shortage Crisis Task Force. Dr. Scott Grosskreutz underscored this urgency, especially regarding neighbor island

Read More →

Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments

It looks like property taxes in Hawaii are going to go up this year, and if that’s getting you rattled, you’re not alone. On Johnny Miro’s radio show this past Sunday on the H. Hawaii Media radio network, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Policy Director Malia Hill noted that property taxes

Read More →

Let the sun shine in

With a new governor and a new Legislature now in place, Hawaii’s leaders have the opportunity to make a bold statement for government transparency and accountability. The only question is whether they have the political will to do so. Given the various scandals that have rocked Hawaii in recent years

Read More →

Gov. Green responds positively to groups seeking transparency

The following was issued as a news release by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 12, 2023. _____________ In a Jan. 6 letter, over two dozen community and media organizations suggested changes that could be implemented by executive order HONOLULU, Jan. 12, 2023 >> Hawaii Gov. Josh Green has responded favorably

Read More →

A lively conversation about the Jones Act, pro and con

The Jones Act was the topic of a lively discussion earlier this month on KKCR radio’s “Kauai Soapbox,” moderated by radio host and Kauai County Council member Felicia Cowden. Cowden’s guests were Colin Grabow, Grassroot Scholar and Cato Institute trade policy analyst; Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute policy researcher; Mark Coleman,

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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