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Legislature & Politics

Legislative session nears end and so far it’s not totally terrible

Photo by Charley Myers Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing The end of this year’s Hawaii legislative session is approaching, and we now have a better picture of where this year’s high-priority bills may be headed. Of

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Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

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Testimony: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

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Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House 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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Legislative session nears end and so far it’s not totally terrible

Photo by Charley Myers Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing The end of this year’s Hawaii legislative session is approaching, and we now have a better picture of where this year’s high-priority bills may be headed. Of

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

Read More →

Testimony: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

Read More →

Institute active as Legislature enters critical second half

Photo by Charley Myers A lot of people know that I am president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, whose mission is to help lower our cost of living, expand opportunity and foster prosperity for all Hawaii residents. Recently I’ve been asked a few times to explain what specifically we

Read More →

Testimony on HB1575 HD2: Yes, give physician assistants more latitude

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 14, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Health. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Health       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Chair       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House 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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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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