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Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?

Implementing 100% renewable energy in Hawaii is official state policy, but can Hawaii residents afford it?  That was the question posed by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, in a conversation earlier this month with host Howard Wiig on the “ThinkTech Hawaii” program “Code Green.” 

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Bill 49 (2023): Tax increase not way to fix Maui housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on June 20, 2023. _____________ June 20, 2023 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee       Yuki Lei K. Sugimura, Chair       Tasha

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What you need to know about property taxes in Hawaii

By Jonathan Helton and Mark Coleman A constant refrain about property taxes in Hawaii is that they are low compared to the rest of the U.S., so most Hawaii property owners should have little to complain about. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.  Hawaii’s property tax rates are low,

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Bill 2900: Annual adjustment of property tax tiers benefits all

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on June 14, 2023. _____________ June 14, 2023 8:25 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali`i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Resolution 2023-33: Adjusting property tax rates could help renters

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council  on June 7, 2023. _____________ June 7, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Bill 14 (2023): Property tax credit could be higher

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council  on June 7, 2023. _____________ June 7, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Bill 28: Provide tax relief to homeowners, long-term rentals on ag lands

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on May 17, 2023. _____________ May 17, 2023 9 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Heather Kimball, Chair       Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Communication 2023-118: Kauai can afford property tax reduction for homesteads

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on May 15, 2023. _____________ May 15, 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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‘Defense wins championships’

Legendary football coach Bear Bryant is credited with saying: “Offense wins games … defense wins championships.” If that’s the case, then the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the Steel Curtain, the ’85 Bears and the 2000 Ravens of legislative advocacy. What you see might not always be flashy, but it

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Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?

Implementing 100% renewable energy in Hawaii is official state policy, but can Hawaii residents afford it?  That was the question posed by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, in a conversation earlier this month with host Howard Wiig on the “ThinkTech Hawaii” program “Code Green.” 

Read More →

Bill 49 (2023): Tax increase not way to fix Maui housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on June 20, 2023. _____________ June 20, 2023 9 a.m. Maui County Council Chamber To: Maui County Council Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee       Yuki Lei K. Sugimura, Chair       Tasha

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What you need to know about property taxes in Hawaii

By Jonathan Helton and Mark Coleman A constant refrain about property taxes in Hawaii is that they are low compared to the rest of the U.S., so most Hawaii property owners should have little to complain about. But that doesn’t tell the whole story.  Hawaii’s property tax rates are low,

Read More →

Bill 2900: Annual adjustment of property tax tiers benefits all

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on June 14, 2023. _____________ June 14, 2023 8:25 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali`i, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Resolution 2023-33: Adjusting property tax rates could help renters

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council  on June 7, 2023. _____________ June 7, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Bill 14 (2023): Property tax credit could be higher

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council  on June 7, 2023. _____________ June 7, 2023 9 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chambers To: Honolulu City and County Council       Councilmember Tommy Waters, Chair      

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Bill 28: Provide tax relief to homeowners, long-term rentals on ag lands

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council on May 17, 2023. _____________ May 17, 2023 9 a.m. Hawaii County Building To: Hawaii County Council       Heather Kimball, Chair       Holeka Goro Inaba, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Communication 2023-118: Kauai can afford property tax reduction for homesteads

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kauai County Council on May 15, 2023. _____________ May 15, 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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‘Defense wins championships’

Legendary football coach Bear Bryant is credited with saying: “Offense wins games … defense wins championships.” If that’s the case, then the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is the Steel Curtain, the ’85 Bears and the 2000 Ravens of legislative advocacy. What you see might not always be flashy, but it

Read More →