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Cost of Living

SB102: GET exemption would relieve doctors of financial disincentive

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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HB1483: Get rid of the GET on food and medical care

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ February 3, 2022 10 a.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 423 To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Daniel Holt, Chair       Rep. Rachele

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SB761: GET exemption would help retain healthcare providers

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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SB1118: Cut GET for food, medicine, medical supplies

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2022 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Sen. Joy San Buenaventura, Chair

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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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SB102: GET exemption would relieve doctors of financial disincentive

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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HB1483: Get rid of the GET on food and medical care

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ February 3, 2022 10 a.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 423 To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Daniel Holt, Chair       Rep. Rachele

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SB761: GET exemption would help retain healthcare providers

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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SB1118: Cut GET for food, medicine, medical supplies

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2022 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Sen. Joy San Buenaventura, Chair

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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

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