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Business, Licensing & Jobs

Adopt HB2354 HD1 to strengthen voice of small-business owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism on March 14, 2024. ______________ March 14, 2024, 1:01  p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism

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SB2474 SD1: Paid family leave not as helpful as promised

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 28, 2024. ______________ Feb. 28, 2024, 10:01 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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HB2196 HD1 could help fill jobs, but new text should go

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 27, 2024. ______________ Feb. 27, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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Adopt SB3043 SD1 to amplify voice of small business

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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Paid family leave appealing but has poor track record

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 14, 2024. _____________ Feb. 14, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce    

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SB2886 recognizes not all state jobs require a degree

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Labor and Technology and Government Operations committees on Feb. 15, 2024. ___________ Feb. 15, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and Technology    

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SB2474: Downside of paid family leave can’t be ignored

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Labor and Technology and Health and Human Services on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and

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HB2757: Paid family leave rarely lives up to promises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government Relations on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations       Rep.

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HB2196 would expand state employment opportunities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations      

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Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Nov. 4, 2023, and in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Hawaii is one of the most challenging states in which to start a business. Oodles of regulations and taxes and high housing,

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Adopt HB2354 HD1 to strengthen voice of small-business owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism on March 14, 2024. ______________ March 14, 2024, 1:01  p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 229 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Energy, Economic Development and Tourism

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SB2474 SD1: Paid family leave not as helpful as promised

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on Feb. 28, 2024. ______________ Feb. 28, 2024, 10:01 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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HB2196 HD1 could help fill jobs, but new text should go

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 27, 2024. ______________ Feb. 27, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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Adopt SB3043 SD1 to amplify voice of small business

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 27, 2024. __________ Feb. 27, 2024, 10 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 016 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Judiciary       Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair  

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Paid family leave appealing but has poor track record

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce on Feb. 14, 2024. _____________ Feb. 14, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 329 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce    

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SB2886 recognizes not all state jobs require a degree

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Labor and Technology and Government Operations committees on Feb. 15, 2024. ___________ Feb. 15, 2024, 3:10 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and Technology    

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SB2474: Downside of paid family leave can’t be ignored

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committees on Labor and Technology and Health and Human Services on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12, 2024, 3 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 224 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor and

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HB2757: Paid family leave rarely lives up to promises

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government Relations on Feb. 1, 2024. ___________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations       Rep.

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HB2196 would expand state employment opportunities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Labor and Government on Feb. 1, 2024. _____________ Feb. 1, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 309 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Labor and Government Relations      

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Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in West Hawaii Today on Nov. 4, 2023, and in the Hawaii Tribune-Herald on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Hawaii is one of the most challenging states in which to start a business. Oodles of regulations and taxes and high housing,

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