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Cost of Living

Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

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Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

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Akina shares five ways we could reduce Hawaii’s high cost of living

Grassroot President Keli‘i Akina addressed the January meeting of the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association. Pictured from left, HTWA guests Chris Freeland, Grant Yoshikami and Lou Chun, Akina, and HTWA members Rex Chang, David Livingston and Tom Matthews. The Grassroot president focused on taxes, housing, medical workers, the permitting system and

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Why Hawaii costs so much — and what we can do about it

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2023. ___________ It is common knowledge Hawaii has a high cost of living. Whether we’re talking about buying groceries, paying utilities or just keeping roofs over your heads, Hawaii is always at or near the top

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Kauai homeowners could save $150 each from higher exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 20, 2023. _____________ September 20, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From:

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Kauai looks to simplify tax relief, increase homeowner exemption, add assessment cap

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Kauai bills seek to expand property tax relief for affordable rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Bill 59: Provide older homeowners with increased tax exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 9 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Councilmember Heather Kimball, Chair       Councilmember Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Bill 48 (2023): Kupuna, retirees should retain property tax relief when they move

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       Councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice

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Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

Read More →

Akina outlines on Perry program how to cut prices in Hawaii

How can lawmakers stop pricing Hawaii residents out of paradise?  For starters, reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes. That was the advice of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina, who spoke last Thursday with KSSK radio host Michael W. Perry on the

Read More →

Akina shares five ways we could reduce Hawaii’s high cost of living

Grassroot President Keli‘i Akina addressed the January meeting of the Hawaii Tourism Wholesalers Association. Pictured from left, HTWA guests Chris Freeland, Grant Yoshikami and Lou Chun, Akina, and HTWA members Rex Chang, David Livingston and Tom Matthews. The Grassroot president focused on taxes, housing, medical workers, the permitting system and

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Why Hawaii costs so much — and what we can do about it

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Dec. 3, 2023. ___________ It is common knowledge Hawaii has a high cost of living. Whether we’re talking about buying groceries, paying utilities or just keeping roofs over your heads, Hawaii is always at or near the top

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Kauai homeowners could save $150 each from higher exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 20, 2023. _____________ September 20, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From:

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Kauai looks to simplify tax relief, increase homeowner exemption, add assessment cap

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Kauai bills seek to expand property tax relief for affordable rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Bill 59: Provide older homeowners with increased tax exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on Sept. 6, 2023. _____________ September 6, 2023 9 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Councilmember Heather Kimball, Chair       Councilmember Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Bill 48 (2023): Kupuna, retirees should retain property tax relief when they move

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       Councilmember Esther Kiaʻāina, Vice

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