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Legislature & Politics

Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas

Some people might have been surprised to see staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green’s recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform. But they shouldn’t have been. These events — and Grassroot’s presence at them — were proof of something I’ve

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Keeping more of your own money is a good thing

Hawaii residents have long been asking lawmakers to help lower the state’s high cost of living. This year, Gov. Josh Green and the Legislature showed they were listening by passing the biggest income tax cut in state history and literally reducing the cost of living for every Hawaii resident. In

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Huge tax cut leads way of Legislature’s achievements

The following commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina I don’t often get the opportunity to mark the end of Hawaii’s annual legislative sessions with applause. Usually, I simply celebrate that the session has finally ended and offer a bit

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Grassroot writers hail passage by Legislature of historic tax cut

The following “Island Voices” commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser under the headline “Proposed income tax cuts a net positive for Hawaii’s economy.” __________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton Hawaii lawmakers approved more than 200 bills during the 2024 legislative session, but the

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Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending

The 2024 Hawaii Legislature accomplished what was expected of it this year — such as funding Lahaina wildfire recovery — but also made unexpected groundbreaking moves in the areas of income tax and housing regulation reform.  Grassroot President and CEO Keliʻi Akina outlined the litany of Lahaina-response appropriations during a

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Tax cut great, Kent says; now let’s cut regulations

There is much to celebrate from the 2024 legislative session, including passage of a bill that if signed by the governor will provide Hawaii residents with the biggest tax cut in the history of the state.  But during his latest appearance on the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH News Radio

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Akina lauds legislative gains, but Hamada has reservations

A “whopping” $1.3 billion. That’s how much Keli‘i Akina said Hawaii taxpayers will save in 2031, thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature that is likely to be signed by Gov. Josh Green. Appearing on KHVH News Radio 830 last Friday, the final day of the 2024 legislative

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Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

Read More →

Hawaii has a lot of room for new ideas

Some people might have been surprised to see staffers from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii in attendance at Gov. Josh Green’s recent bill-signing ceremonies for historic tax cuts and housing reform. But they shouldn’t have been. These events — and Grassroot’s presence at them — were proof of something I’ve

Read More →

Keeping more of your own money is a good thing

Hawaii residents have long been asking lawmakers to help lower the state’s high cost of living. This year, Gov. Josh Green and the Legislature showed they were listening by passing the biggest income tax cut in state history and literally reducing the cost of living for every Hawaii resident. In

Read More →

Huge tax cut leads way of Legislature’s achievements

The following commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, by the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. _____________ By Keli‘i Akina I don’t often get the opportunity to mark the end of Hawaii’s annual legislative sessions with applause. Usually, I simply celebrate that the session has finally ended and offer a bit

Read More →

Grassroot writers hail passage by Legislature of historic tax cut

The following “Island Voices” commentary was first published on May 20, 2024, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser under the headline “Proposed income tax cuts a net positive for Hawaii’s economy.” __________ By Mark Coleman and Jonathan Helton Hawaii lawmakers approved more than 200 bills during the 2024 legislative session, but the

Read More →

Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending

The 2024 Hawaii Legislature accomplished what was expected of it this year — such as funding Lahaina wildfire recovery — but also made unexpected groundbreaking moves in the areas of income tax and housing regulation reform.  Grassroot President and CEO Keliʻi Akina outlined the litany of Lahaina-response appropriations during a

Read More →

Tax cut great, Kent says; now let’s cut regulations

There is much to celebrate from the 2024 legislative session, including passage of a bill that if signed by the governor will provide Hawaii residents with the biggest tax cut in the history of the state.  But during his latest appearance on the “Rick Hamada Program” on KHVH News Radio

Read More →

Akina lauds legislative gains, but Hamada has reservations

A “whopping” $1.3 billion. That’s how much Keli‘i Akina said Hawaii taxpayers will save in 2031, thanks to a bill passed by the state Legislature that is likely to be signed by Gov. Josh Green. Appearing on KHVH News Radio 830 last Friday, the final day of the 2024 legislative

Read More →

Legislature comes through big time

Yesterday was the last day of Hawaii’s 2024 state legislative session, and what a session it was. The best news to come out of it was that our lawmakers passed a major income tax-relief bill, HB2404, which Gov. Josh Green is almost certain to sign because it was part of his

Read More →