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Budget & Spending

Kent, Akina discuss ‘How to balance Hawaii’s budget’

“How to balance Hawaii’s budget” was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” episode, Monday, June 22, 2020, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. The special guest was Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Akina is president and CEO of the institute, which that very day had submitted

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Akina discusses state budget on KITV4 Island News

Keli’i Akina was interviewed Monday, June 22, 2020, by reporter Paul Drewes of KITV4 Island News about the Legislature’s options for balancing the state budget. Drewes also mentioned the new online tool from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that lets individuals try to balance the budget themselves. The tool can

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Testimony on Legislature’s plan to breach the debt limit

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Means and Ways on Monday, June 22, 2020. ______________ To: Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gil S. C. Keith-Agaran, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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How to balance the budget in just a few clicks

This morning I balanced the state budget. It didn’t even take that long; just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus, with some rainy day money set aside in case of emergency. Of course, I had a few advantages that state

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New tool lets citizens balance Hawaii budget

The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 19, 2020. _______________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii tool shows 15% cuts across the board and delaying salary increases would be enough to erase the deficit   HONOLULU, June 19, 2020 >> Hawaii citizens now can try their hand

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‘New normal’ requires long-term budget thinking

Hawaii lawmakers are facing a “new normal” of significantly reduced tax revenues. In response, they should reduce long-term expenses, such as payroll expenses and department budgets, instead of only short-term expenses, such as one-time projects or more borrowing, if they wish to keep their spending in line with their new

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Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

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Legislature needs to cut costs, Akina advises on KITV4

KITV4 reporter Paul Drewes interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Wednesday, May 13, to get the institute’s views about legislative plans for Hawaii’s state budget. Considering that the COVID-19 crisis has decimated Hawaii’s economy, causing state tax revenues to dry up, Akina advised: “The Legislature

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Testimony on HB2200, HD1, relating to the state budget

This is the testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding HB2200, HD1, aka the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means at its meeting on Monday, May 11, 2020. _______________ May 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

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Kent, Akina discuss ‘How to balance Hawaii’s budget’

“How to balance Hawaii’s budget” was the topic of Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” episode, Monday, June 22, 2020, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network. The special guest was Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Akina is president and CEO of the institute, which that very day had submitted

Read More →

Akina discusses state budget on KITV4 Island News

Keli’i Akina was interviewed Monday, June 22, 2020, by reporter Paul Drewes of KITV4 Island News about the Legislature’s options for balancing the state budget. Drewes also mentioned the new online tool from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that lets individuals try to balance the budget themselves. The tool can

Read More →

Testimony on Legislature’s plan to breach the debt limit

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Means and Ways on Monday, June 22, 2020. ______________ To: Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gil S. C. Keith-Agaran, Vice chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

How to balance the budget in just a few clicks

This morning I balanced the state budget. It didn’t even take that long; just a few quick clicks and Hawaii went from a $1.4 billion deficit to a modest surplus, with some rainy day money set aside in case of emergency. Of course, I had a few advantages that state

Read More →

New tool lets citizens balance Hawaii budget

The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 19, 2020. _______________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii tool shows 15% cuts across the board and delaying salary increases would be enough to erase the deficit   HONOLULU, June 19, 2020 >> Hawaii citizens now can try their hand

Read More →

‘New normal’ requires long-term budget thinking

Hawaii lawmakers are facing a “new normal” of significantly reduced tax revenues. In response, they should reduce long-term expenses, such as payroll expenses and department budgets, instead of only short-term expenses, such as one-time projects or more borrowing, if they wish to keep their spending in line with their new

Read More →

Start working now to adopt a meaningful spending cap

Hawaii’s existing cap is too easily ignored by lawmakers Now is the perfect time for fundamental policy changes in Hawaii, and a perfect place to start would be imposing a government spending cap with teeth. It would take a state constitutional amendment to do it, but in case it wasn’t

Read More →

Legislature needs to cut costs, Akina advises on KITV4

KITV4 reporter Paul Drewes interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Wednesday, May 13, to get the institute’s views about legislative plans for Hawaii’s state budget. Considering that the COVID-19 crisis has decimated Hawaii’s economy, causing state tax revenues to dry up, Akina advised: “The Legislature

Read More →

Testimony on HB2200, HD1, relating to the state budget

This is the testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii regarding HB2200, HD1, aka the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2020, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means at its meeting on Monday, May 11, 2020. _______________ May 11, 2020 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Auditorium

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