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Legislature & Politics

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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Testimony: SB2967 SD1 is the best of the cryptocurrency bills

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means. _______________ To: Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator Stanley

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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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What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

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Testimony: SB3025 SD1 would cut off Hawaii from cryptocurrency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. To: Committee on Ways and Means       Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Chair       Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony on SB2916: Emergencies should not trump transparency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

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More sunshine would help restore trust in our legislators

Hawaii’s political leaders are looking for ways to rebuild trust with the public, following this week’s shocking and disappointing corruption and bribery charges filed against two Hawaii state legislators. It would be unfair, of course, for us to hold all of our legislators accountable for the alleged actions of just

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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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Testimony: SB2967 SD1 is the best of the cryptocurrency bills

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 24, 2022, by the House Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Ways and Means. _______________ To: Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Senator Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair       Senator Stanley

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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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What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

Read More →

Testimony: SB3025 SD1 would cut off Hawaii from cryptocurrency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means. To: Committee on Ways and Means       Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, Chair       Senator Gilbert Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony on SB2916: Emergencies should not trump transparency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 17, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Judiciary. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair       Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii    

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

Read More →

More sunshine would help restore trust in our legislators

Hawaii’s political leaders are looking for ways to rebuild trust with the public, following this week’s shocking and disappointing corruption and bribery charges filed against two Hawaii state legislators. It would be unfair, of course, for us to hold all of our legislators accountable for the alleged actions of just

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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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