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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Depending on what Maui’s mayor decides, Maui residents could be in for a lesson

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If we can’t lower taxes, at least don’t increase them

The following commentary was originally published April  5, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ If there is a theme to this year’s legislative session, it would be, “taxes, taxes, taxes.” Even before the 2021 legislative session began, there was talk about increasing taxes to make up for COVID-19 revenue losses.

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Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

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Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

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Legislators flub chance to put Hawaii budget house in order

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Imagine you have a cousin who is having problems with debt. He keeps telling

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Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Council proposal would make Maui housing crisis worse

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 9, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Depending on what Maui’s mayor decides, Maui residents could be in for a lesson

Read More →

If we can’t lower taxes, at least don’t increase them

The following commentary was originally published April  5, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ If there is a theme to this year’s legislative session, it would be, “taxes, taxes, taxes.” Even before the 2021 legislative session began, there was talk about increasing taxes to make up for COVID-19 revenue losses.

Read More →

Fiscal notes could help Hawaii avoid fiscal calamity

Above, Hawaii former state Rep. Cynthia Thielen, in a 2018 video pleading for fiscal notes Fiscal notes by themselves would not solve Hawaii’s financial crisis, but they could help rein it in   Hawaii is experiencing its worst economic depression ever, yet state lawmakers seem determined to drive the state

Read More →

Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

Read More →

Is Bitcoin illegal in Hawaii?

Bitcoin has been surging in value ever since it was introduced more than a decade ago; its price has tripled in the past three months alone.  The digital currency is hovering just under $58,000 per coin as of March 29, 2021, up approximately 64,444,444% from its price of 9 cents

Read More →

Legislators flub chance to put Hawaii budget house in order

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 26, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Imagine you have a cousin who is having problems with debt. He keeps telling

Read More →

Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

Read More →

Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

Read More →