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Budget & Spending

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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Bill 12: Council deserves praise for axing $40 million from budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget on May 13, 2024. ______________ May 13, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero,

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Helton, Hamada run through the numbers of state, Maui budgets

4-25-24 Jonathan Helton on Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830 Rick Hamada: We are together with Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Jonathan, it’s good to hear from you. Good morning. Jonathan Helton: Good morning, Rick. It’s good to be on the show. Hamada: Would you mind a brief

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Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 16, 2024. ___________ April 16, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Spending cuts needed to spare Maui residents a tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on April 22, 2024. ___________ April 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee      

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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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It’s time for responsible budgeting

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee discussed Lahaina expenditures at their Feb. 20 meeting. Helping our Maui ohana recover from last year’s disastrous wildfires is paramount. But the only way to do that without hiking taxes or going into massive debt is to cut state spending. We can

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Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

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Could ‘less is more’ approach produce more tax revenue?

With Hawaii’s budget in shambles, taxpayers could be in store for a tax hike. But could there be another way to salvage the state budget? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed with guest Daniel Mitchell on the Dec. 15 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech

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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

Read More →

Bill 12: Council deserves praise for axing $40 million from budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget on May 13, 2024. ______________ May 13, 2024, 9 a.m. Honolulu Hale To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero,

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Helton, Hamada run through the numbers of state, Maui budgets

4-25-24 Jonathan Helton on Rick Hamada on KHVH News Radio 830 Rick Hamada: We are together with Jonathan Helton, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Jonathan, it’s good to hear from you. Good morning. Jonathan Helton: Good morning, Rick. It’s good to be on the show. Hamada: Would you mind a brief

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Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 16, 2024. ___________ April 16, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Spending cuts needed to spare Maui residents a tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on April 22, 2024. ___________ April 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee      

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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 →

It’s time for responsible budgeting

Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee discussed Lahaina expenditures at their Feb. 20 meeting. Helping our Maui ohana recover from last year’s disastrous wildfires is paramount. But the only way to do that without hiking taxes or going into massive debt is to cut state spending. We can

Read More →

Kent predicts ‘big theme’ in Legislature will be Lahaina

Hawaii’s 2024 legislative session kicks off on Jan. 17, and the “big theme,” according to Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent, will be “Lahaina, Lahaina, Lahaina.” Joining radio host Rick Hamada last week on KHVH News Radio 830, Kent said the Lahaina fire aftermath will be “touching every aspect of

Read More →

Could ‘less is more’ approach produce more tax revenue?

With Hawaii’s budget in shambles, taxpayers could be in store for a tax hike. But could there be another way to salvage the state budget? That was the question co-hosts Tom Yamachika and Mark Coleman discussed with guest Daniel Mitchell on the Dec. 15 episode of “Talking Tax” on ThinkTech

Read More →