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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

HB676: Land-use reform idea welcome but has several drawbacks

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing, and the House Committee on Water and Land. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 11 a.m. Conference Room 312 Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Chair       Rep.

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HB673: Inclusionary zoning mandate nullifies good bill

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing, and the House Committee on Water and Land. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 11 a.m. Conference Room 312 Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Chair    

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SB 678: Increasing conveyance tax would impair home affordability

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Housing. ___________ February 7, 2023 2:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services      

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SB865: ALOHA homes proposal doesn’t address root of housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate committees on  housing, water and land, and government operations. ___________ Feb. 7, 2023 11:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Senator Stanley Chang, Chair    

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LUC reform would help speed up homebuilding

The following testimony was presented Feb. 1, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing. ___________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Chair       Rep. Micah P.K. Aiu, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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There’s still time to counter higher property taxes, Akina tells Perry

As the cost of living in Hawaii continues to soar, many Oahu residents are worried that the county’s latest property assessments will make the problem even worse.  That’s because higher property assessments typically mean higher property taxes. But Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said

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Kent outlines issues that drive Grassroot Institute

Political issues can seem complicated and unapproachable for many citizens. But the driving force behind all of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s advocacy efforts and policy recommendations is simple: Improve life in the islands for everyone. During the Dec. 28 episode of the “Liberty Arise!” podcast hosted by Scott Adam,

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Iwasa urges major review of Honolulu property taxes

The City and County of Honolulu recently increased its valuations of most properties on Oahu, which most likely will result in higher property taxes. So now what?  Natalie Iwasa told Keliʻi Akina on the Jan. 3, 2023, episode of “Hawaii Together” that the City Council will set the rates in

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HB676: Land-use reform idea welcome but has several drawbacks

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing, and the House Committee on Water and Land. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 11 a.m. Conference Room 312 Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Chair       Rep.

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HB673: Inclusionary zoning mandate nullifies good bill

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing, and the House Committee on Water and Land. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 11 a.m. Conference Room 312 Via Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy Hashimoto, Chair    

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SB 678: Increasing conveyance tax would impair home affordability

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Housing. ___________ February 7, 2023 2:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services      

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SB865: ALOHA homes proposal doesn’t address root of housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate committees on  housing, water and land, and government operations. ___________ Feb. 7, 2023 11:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Senator Stanley Chang, Chair    

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LUC reform would help speed up homebuilding

The following testimony was presented Feb. 1, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Housing. ___________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Chair       Rep. Micah P.K. Aiu, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Green’s State of the State address deserves kudos but with caveats

Photo by Charley Myers This news release was issued Jan. 23, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___ Most compelling was the governor’s proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2023 >> Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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There’s still time to counter higher property taxes, Akina tells Perry

As the cost of living in Hawaii continues to soar, many Oahu residents are worried that the county’s latest property assessments will make the problem even worse.  That’s because higher property assessments typically mean higher property taxes. But Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said

Read More →

Kent outlines issues that drive Grassroot Institute

Political issues can seem complicated and unapproachable for many citizens. But the driving force behind all of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s advocacy efforts and policy recommendations is simple: Improve life in the islands for everyone. During the Dec. 28 episode of the “Liberty Arise!” podcast hosted by Scott Adam,

Read More →

Iwasa urges major review of Honolulu property taxes

The City and County of Honolulu recently increased its valuations of most properties on Oahu, which most likely will result in higher property taxes. So now what?  Natalie Iwasa told Keliʻi Akina on the Jan. 3, 2023, episode of “Hawaii Together” that the City Council will set the rates in

Read More →