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Housing, Land Use & Zoning

Testimony on Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the Honolulu Council Committee on Budget. _______________ To: Honolulu County Council Committee on Budget       Calvin K.Y. Say, Chair       Radiant Cordero, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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‘Tokyo model’ could be best housing path for Hawaii

The answer to Hawaii’s affordable housing problem might be in Tokyo, according Edward Pinto, Keli’i Akina’s guest on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Pinto is senior fellow and director at the American Enterprise Institute Housing Center in Washington, D.C., and he talked with Akina on the Feb.

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Testimony: HB1751 HD2 a creative way to increase Hawaii housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony: Rural zoning change would help ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony on HB1751 HD1: Small zoning changes could help immensely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Water and Land. _______________ To: House Committee on Water and Land       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair       Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco, Vice Chair  From:

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Testimony: With one change, HB1840 HD1 would streamline land-use rules, encourage more housing

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 11, 2022, by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Ted Kefalas’ oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce        Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair        Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Testimony on SB2888: Yes to selling locally produced cottage food

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 11, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Development. __________ To: Senate Committee on Health           Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair      

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Testimony on Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the Honolulu Council Committee on Budget. _______________ To: Honolulu County Council Committee on Budget       Calvin K.Y. Say, Chair       Radiant Cordero, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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‘Tokyo model’ could be best housing path for Hawaii

The answer to Hawaii’s affordable housing problem might be in Tokyo, according Edward Pinto, Keli’i Akina’s guest on the latest “Hawaii Together” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Pinto is senior fellow and director at the American Enterprise Institute Housing Center in Washington, D.C., and he talked with Akina on the Feb.

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Testimony: HB1751 HD2 a creative way to increase Hawaii housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony: Rural zoning change would help ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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Testimony on HB1751 HD1: Small zoning changes could help immensely

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Water and Land. _______________ To: House Committee on Water and Land       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair       Rep. Patrick Pihana Branco, Vice Chair  From:

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Testimony: With one change, HB1840 HD1 would streamline land-use rules, encourage more housing

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 11, 2022, by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce. Ted Kefalas’ oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce        Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair        Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice Chair

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Testimony on SB2888: Yes to selling locally produced cottage food

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 11, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health and the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Development. __________ To: Senate Committee on Health           Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair      

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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