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Legislature & Politics

The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature

Mostly ugly. Some bad. But also some good.  That was how Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, described the results of the recent legislative session when he appeared Monday on Rick Hamada’s radio show on News Radio KHVH 850 AM. The hands-down ugly would have to

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‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO

“One step forward and one step back” is how Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii characterized the Legislature’s actions toward Hawaii businesses this year during an interview on Sunday with host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media radio network.  Kefalas, the Institute’s director of strategic campaigns, said

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What’s not to like about ‘pass-through entity’ tax bill?

Photo by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 5, 2023. ___________ The Legislature has passed a bill that would lower taxes on Hawaii-based businesses — at no cost to the state government. It sounds too good to be true, but Senate Bill 1437

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Quick takes on bills approved by 2023 Hawaii Legislature, Part 1

The following news release was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Here are a few brief comments from Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, regarding some of the bills that were approved today by the 2023 Hawaii State Legislature. >> On the

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Many good bills at Legislature still alive, many bad ones killed

Lawmakers are now halfway through the 2023 legislative session and quite a few bills supported by the Grasssroot Institute of Hawaii made it past the “crossover” deadline, which is when the House and Senate exchange the bills they like — and leave the ones they don’t like behind. Ted Kefalas,

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Good news, bad news at Legislature’s halfway mark

The Hawaii Legislature is halfway through its 2023 session, and so far it has been a mixed bag, according to Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawai. Speaking this past Sunday with host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media radio network, Kefalas said some

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Proposed ‘wealth tax’ has a wealth of problems

Hawaii lawmakers are once again considering a wealth tax proposal, SB925 SD1, that would impose a 1% tax on taxpayers with assets in Hawaii exceeding $20 million.[1] Proponents of the proposal, which also made an appearance in last year’s Legislature, contend that such a tax would improve the economy, reduce

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HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

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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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The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature

Mostly ugly. Some bad. But also some good.  That was how Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, described the results of the recent legislative session when he appeared Monday on Rick Hamada’s radio show on News Radio KHVH 850 AM. The hands-down ugly would have to

Read More →

‘One step forward, one step back’ was Legislature’s MO

“One step forward and one step back” is how Ted Kefalas of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii characterized the Legislature’s actions toward Hawaii businesses this year during an interview on Sunday with host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media radio network.  Kefalas, the Institute’s director of strategic campaigns, said

Read More →

What’s not to like about ‘pass-through entity’ tax bill?

Photo by Charley Myers The following commentary was published originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 5, 2023. ___________ The Legislature has passed a bill that would lower taxes on Hawaii-based businesses — at no cost to the state government. It sounds too good to be true, but Senate Bill 1437

Read More →

Quick takes on bills approved by 2023 Hawaii Legislature, Part 1

The following news release was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Here are a few brief comments from Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, regarding some of the bills that were approved today by the 2023 Hawaii State Legislature. >> On the

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Many good bills at Legislature still alive, many bad ones killed

Lawmakers are now halfway through the 2023 legislative session and quite a few bills supported by the Grasssroot Institute of Hawaii made it past the “crossover” deadline, which is when the House and Senate exchange the bills they like — and leave the ones they don’t like behind. Ted Kefalas,

Read More →

Good news, bad news at Legislature’s halfway mark

The Hawaii Legislature is halfway through its 2023 session, and so far it has been a mixed bag, according to Ted Kefalas, director of strategic campaigns for the Grassroot Institute of Hawai. Speaking this past Sunday with host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media radio network, Kefalas said some

Read More →

Proposed ‘wealth tax’ has a wealth of problems

Hawaii lawmakers are once again considering a wealth tax proposal, SB925 SD1, that would impose a 1% tax on taxpayers with assets in Hawaii exceeding $20 million.[1] Proponents of the proposal, which also made an appearance in last year’s Legislature, contend that such a tax would improve the economy, reduce

Read More →

HB719: Cap on fees would promote transparency

The following testimony was presented Feb. 8, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs. ___________ Feb. 8, 2023 2 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 325 To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. David A. Tarnas, Chair    

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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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