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Legislature & Politics

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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SB 678: Increasing conveyance tax would impair home affordability

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Housing. ___________ February 7, 2023 2:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services      

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Tax credits are fine, but tax cuts are better

Gov. Josh Green’s big tax plan, the “Green Affordability Plan,” promises to put $300 million back into taxpayers’ pockets, making it one of the biggest tax reductions in Hawaii history. But can the GAP live up to that promise? For the past several years, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has urged

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SB1128: Waive GET to help Hawaii doctors and nurses

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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SB1035: Waive GET for Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE payments

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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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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SB 678: Increasing conveyance tax would impair home affordability

The following testimony was submitted Feb. 7, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services, and the Senate Committee on Housing. ___________ February 7, 2023 2:15 p.m. Conference Room 225 Via Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services      

Read More →

Tax credits are fine, but tax cuts are better

Gov. Josh Green’s big tax plan, the “Green Affordability Plan,” promises to put $300 million back into taxpayers’ pockets, making it one of the biggest tax reductions in Hawaii history. But can the GAP live up to that promise? For the past several years, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has urged

Read More →

SB1128: Waive GET to help Hawaii doctors and nurses

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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SB1035: Waive GET for Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE payments

The following testimony was presented Feb. 3, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. ___________ February 3, 2023 1 p.m. VIA VIDEOCONFERENCE Conference Room 225 To: Senate Committee on Health and Human Services       Senator Joy A. San Buenaventura,

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