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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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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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How to avert the looming property tax crisis

Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue. That’s because taxes are a key component of Hawaii’s high cost of living, which surveys show is the No. 1 reason people have been leaving. As

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High cost of living continues to drive away Hawaii residents

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to cut taxes and ease homebuilding regulations to stem the state’s population decline HONOLULU, Dec. 29, 2022 >> Hawaii recently experienced the fifth-highest population decline in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau reported earlier this

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Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

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Jones Act ‘treason’ scandal a reality check for maritime interests

Supporters of the protectionist federal law are admitting America’s shipping industry could be better served The revelation earlier this month that an advisory panel to the U.S. Maritime Administration recommended charging Jones Act critics with treason — a felony punishable by death — sparked a wave of media attention last week that

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Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

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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 →

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 →

How to avert the looming property tax crisis

Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue. That’s because taxes are a key component of Hawaii’s high cost of living, which surveys show is the No. 1 reason people have been leaving. As

Read More →

High cost of living continues to drive away Hawaii residents

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges lawmakers to cut taxes and ease homebuilding regulations to stem the state’s population decline HONOLULU, Dec. 29, 2022 >> Hawaii recently experienced the fifth-highest population decline in the nation, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The Census Bureau reported earlier this

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

Read More →

Jones Act ‘treason’ scandal a reality check for maritime interests

Supporters of the protectionist federal law are admitting America’s shipping industry could be better served The revelation earlier this month that an advisory panel to the U.S. Maritime Administration recommended charging Jones Act critics with treason — a felony punishable by death — sparked a wave of media attention last week that

Read More →

Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics

Usually, when we say that “government” is responsible for the high price of housing in Hawaii, we are talking about bureaucracy: the rules, regulations, permits and barriers in general that make it difficult, time-consuming and expensive to build homes. But there is another side to the government’s role in the housing

Read More →

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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