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Legislature & Politics

Ige right to veto bill OK’d via ‘gut and replace’

Gov. David Ige doesn’t always get it right — who among us does? For example, his “intent to veto” SB3089, which would reform the state’s emergency-management statute, is off the mark. But he definitely made the right call in announcing his intent to veto HB1147, which would restore funding to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

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Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

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What went down at the 2022 Hawaii Legislature

Radio host Johnny Miro devoted his half-hour Sunday morning show to exploring what the Legislature did and did not achieve this year The state’s 2022 legislative session recently wrapped up, and what took place can be divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Speaking Sunday morning, May 22,

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Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

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2022 Legislature still addicted to spending but deserves some praise

Photo by Sean Mitsui Especially praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented its views on the 2022 Legislature this week to audiences on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, and the message was simple: The Legislature

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Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

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Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

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Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden

“Sport of Tycoons,” by Carl Banks What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us   Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it:

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Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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Ige right to veto bill OK’d via ‘gut and replace’

Gov. David Ige doesn’t always get it right — who among us does? For example, his “intent to veto” SB3089, which would reform the state’s emergency-management statute, is off the mark. But he definitely made the right call in announcing his intent to veto HB1147, which would restore funding to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

Read More →

Extra push needed to enact emergency powers reform

With Gov. David Ige declaring his intent to veto SB3089, which would reform Hawaii’s emergency powers law, it is now up to the public and the many legislators who supported the bill to convince the governor otherwise. Both the governor and our legislators need to hear from as many people as possible that

Read More →

What went down at the 2022 Hawaii Legislature

Radio host Johnny Miro devoted his half-hour Sunday morning show to exploring what the Legislature did and did not achieve this year The state’s 2022 legislative session recently wrapped up, and what took place can be divided into the good, the bad and the ugly. Speaking Sunday morning, May 22,

Read More →

Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii

One thing I’ve learned from talking to people around the state is that Hawaii’s residents care about the future of our islands — and they have a lot of questions for our elected officials. This week, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii hosted a series of legislative wrap-ups on Oahu, Maui

Read More →

2022 Legislature still addicted to spending but deserves some praise

Photo by Sean Mitsui Especially praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii presented its views on the 2022 Legislature this week to audiences on Oahu, Maui and Hawaii island, and the message was simple: The Legislature

Read More →

Three bills to sign, two bills to veto

Photo by Charley Myers The 2022 Legislative session is officially over, and now we turn to the governor. Which bills will he sign right away? Which will he veto? Which will he allow to become law without his signature? For a full analysis and discussion of the 2022 session, I

Read More →

Time to let Hawaii tourism stand on its own

Photo by Charley Myers It looks like we could be on the verge of a new tourism policy for Hawaii. Legislators have been dickering this past week over how much money the state tourism agency should receive and under what conditions. Ultimately, however, the state Hawaii Tourism Authority might receive

Read More →

Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden

“Sport of Tycoons,” by Carl Banks What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us   Hawaii has a record-high state budget surplus this year of $4 billion, and here are some of the ways our legislators currently are planning to spend it:

Read More →

Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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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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