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Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity, Helton says

It’s looking like the state is going to be spending a lot more than it expected to help victims of last year’s Maui wildfires, especially in Lahaina, which in turn is raising many questions about where the money is going to come from. But according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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SB2686 an impractical approach to public servant privacy protection

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27,  2024, 9:31 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary        Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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HB2354 HD1 urges better help for small businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 16, 2024. ___________ Feb. 16, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs    

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Part of SB2816 would promote administrative transparency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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SB2639: Enforcement provision would strengthen sunshine law

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6,  2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus L.K.

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Grassroot Scholar O’Toole seeks public records on state agency’s ‘affordable’ housing costs

Groundbreaking ceremony for Wailuku Apartments, a 324-unit workforce rental project in Central Maui scheduled for completion in 2025.  The following testimony was submitted by Grassroot Scholar and Thoreau Institute founder Randal O’Toole for consideration by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation at its pubic hearing on Oct. 4, 2023.

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Governor’s housing proclamation could be a ‘Pandora’s box’

After years of legislative inaction on Hawaii’s housing crisis, Gov. Josh Green took a decisive step in July by issuing an emergency proclamation, slashing much of the red tape that hinders homebuilding. But do the ends justify the means? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed

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Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council        Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Resolutions could help fill critical Honolulu County jobs, cut costs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs on Aug. 22, 2023. _____________ August 22, 2023 1 p.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers  To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Executive

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Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore,’ Kent says

Question marks galore. That’s how Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, described Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing proclamation during his latest visit to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio 830.  Kent said that given Hawaii’s status as the most regulated housing market in the nation,

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Lahaina aid should be about quality, not quantity, Helton says

It’s looking like the state is going to be spending a lot more than it expected to help victims of last year’s Maui wildfires, especially in Lahaina, which in turn is raising many questions about where the money is going to come from. But according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

SB2686 an impractical approach to public servant privacy protection

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27,  2024, 9:31 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary        Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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HB2354 HD1 urges better help for small businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 16, 2024. ___________ Feb. 16, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs    

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Part of SB2816 would promote administrative transparency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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SB2639: Enforcement provision would strengthen sunshine law

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Operations on Feb. 6, 2024. ___________ Feb. 6,  2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Angus L.K.

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Grassroot Scholar O’Toole seeks public records on state agency’s ‘affordable’ housing costs

Groundbreaking ceremony for Wailuku Apartments, a 324-unit workforce rental project in Central Maui scheduled for completion in 2025.  The following testimony was submitted by Grassroot Scholar and Thoreau Institute founder Randal O’Toole for consideration by the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation at its pubic hearing on Oct. 4, 2023.

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Governor’s housing proclamation could be a ‘Pandora’s box’

After years of legislative inaction on Hawaii’s housing crisis, Gov. Josh Green took a decisive step in July by issuing an emergency proclamation, slashing much of the red tape that hinders homebuilding. But do the ends justify the means? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed

Read More →

Resolutions would ease hiring challenges, save city money

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council        Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Resolutions could help fill critical Honolulu County jobs, cut costs

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs on Aug. 22, 2023. _____________ August 22, 2023 1 p.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers  To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Executive

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Housing proclamation raises ‘questions galore,’ Kent says

Question marks galore. That’s how Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, described Gov. Josh Green’s recent housing proclamation during his latest visit to the Rick Hamada Program on KHVH News Radio 830.  Kent said that given Hawaii’s status as the most regulated housing market in the nation,

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