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Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

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Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

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Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

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Testimony: Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the Honolulu City County Committee on Zoning and Planning. _______________ To: Committee on Zoning and Planning       Brandon J.C. Elefante, Chair       Esther Kia’aina, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

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Why is Hawaii so expensive?

Hawaii residents enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth to live, but they pay a high price to do so. How high is the “price of paradise”? Hawaii’s cost of living is the highest in the nation. The national Tax Foundation found that the real value of $100

Read More →

Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

Read More →

Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

Read More →

Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

Read More →

Testimony: Discouraging short-term rentals won’t ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the Honolulu City County Committee on Zoning and Planning. _______________ To: Committee on Zoning and Planning       Brandon J.C. Elefante, Chair       Esther Kia’aina, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute

Read More →

Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Why Hawaii needs a Jones Act waiver

The conflict between Russia and Ukraine has helped send gasoline prices in Hawaii soaring, fueling calls that Hawaii be granted a Jones Act waiver for fuel imports. On the March 14 episode of “Hawaii Together,” leading Jones Act expert and Grassroot Scholar Colin Grabow joined host Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute executive vice president, to

Read More →

Why is Hawaii so expensive?

Hawaii residents enjoy one of the most beautiful places on earth to live, but they pay a high price to do so. How high is the “price of paradise”? Hawaii’s cost of living is the highest in the nation. The national Tax Foundation found that the real value of $100

Read More →