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Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2023. ___________ We know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the United States. It’s one of the reasons why so many of our friends and family have left for the mainland. So why

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Bill 59: Increasing tax exemption could help thousands of kupuna

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on Aug. 16, 2023. _____________ August 16, 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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Kauai property tax relief for long-term affordable rentals would be major reform

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _____________ August 9, 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 42: Assessment caps can distort housing market if too low

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _____________ August 9, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair       Councilmember Esther Kia‘āina, Vice

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Bill 34: ‘Boston model’ would index homeowner exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _______________ August 9, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair       Councilmember Esther Kia‘āina, Vice

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Maui leads offensive for counties to increase their TAT surcharges

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Committee on Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency on Aug. 1, 2023. _____________ August 1, 2023 1:30 p.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council – Government Relations, Ethics, and Transparency Committee

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Bill 59: Increase property tax exemption for kupuna

The following testimony was presented Aug. 1, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii County Council Committee on Finance. ___________ August 1, 2023 10 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Committee on Finance       Councilmember Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Councilmember Cindy Evans, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Bill 34: Tie homeowner exemption to average assessed home values

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu County Council Budget Committee on July 25, 2023. _______________ July 25, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero, Chair       Councilmember

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Bill 42: Homeowner exemptions more fair than assessment caps

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu County Council Budget Committee on July 25, 2023. _______________ July 25, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero, Chair       Councilmember Matt Weyer,

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Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable

The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 21, 2023. ___________ We know that Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the United States. It’s one of the reasons why so many of our friends and family have left for the mainland. So why

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Bill 59: Increasing tax exemption could help thousands of kupuna

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on Aug. 16, 2023. _____________ August 16, 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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Kauai property tax relief for long-term affordable rentals would be major reform

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _____________ August 9, 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 42: Assessment caps can distort housing market if too low

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _____________ August 9, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair       Councilmember Esther Kia‘āina, Vice

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Bill 34: ‘Boston model’ would index homeowner exemption

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Aug. 9, 2023. _______________ August 9, 2023 10 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair       Councilmember Esther Kia‘āina, Vice

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Maui leads offensive for counties to increase their TAT surcharges

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Committee on Government Relations, Ethics and Transparency on Aug. 1, 2023. _____________ August 1, 2023 1:30 p.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council – Government Relations, Ethics, and Transparency Committee

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Bill 59: Increase property tax exemption for kupuna

The following testimony was presented Aug. 1, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Hawaii County Council Committee on Finance. ___________ August 1, 2023 10 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Committee on Finance       Councilmember Matt Kaneali‘i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Councilmember Cindy Evans, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Bill 34: Tie homeowner exemption to average assessed home values

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu County Council Budget Committee on July 25, 2023. _______________ July 25, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero, Chair       Councilmember

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Bill 42: Homeowner exemptions more fair than assessment caps

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu County Council Budget Committee on July 25, 2023. _______________ July 25, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council, Committee on Budget       Councilmember Radiant Cordero, Chair       Councilmember Matt Weyer,

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