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Issues

Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

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Proposed Tax Increases at the Senate

Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to discuss the new proposed tax increases at the Senate. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on

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More Tax Increases at the Senate and Legislature

Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, joined Joe Kent to discuss the tax increases at the Senate and the Legislature. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “We have a general funds budget deficit

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Grassroot Testimony: HB 1559 (Relating to Property Forfeiture)

To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 1559 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its

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Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 11, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool Watchdog group offers comments on two separate bills that would raise taxes  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 11, 2016–The Grassroot Institute is urging legislators to consider

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2599 (Relating to Taxation)

To: Senate Committee on Education Sen. Michelle Kidani, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2599 — RELATING TO TAXATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2478 (Relating to Long-Term Care)

To: Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Chair Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Human Services Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair Sen. Gil Riviere, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2478 — RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE Comments

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 3022 (Relating to Ferries)

To: Senate Committee on Water, Land & Agriculture Sen. Mike Gabbard, Chair Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Chair Sen. Mike Gabbard, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 3022 — RELATING TO FERRIES Comments Only

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Jonathan Williams on Hawaii’s Economic Outlook

Many in Hawaii watch the weather forecast to plan for tomorrow.  But when it comes to the economy, the folks at the American Legislative Exchange Council have looked at Hawaii’s economic forecast, and the picture may not be as good as in other states. Jonathan Williams, Vice President for the

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Why Investing in Fossil Fuels May Encourage Renewable Energy

Sean Mitsui of the Young Americans for Liberty joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to talk about fossil fuel investment, and how it affects our economy.  The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM,

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Hawaii’s Unfunded Liabilities and the Effect on State Budget

Bill Bergman, Director of Research at Truth in Accounting, joined Joe Kent to discuss Hawaii’s current unfunded liabilities, particularly, state pension plans. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “Hawaii ranks among

Read More →

Proposed Tax Increases at the Senate

Tom Yamachika, President of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to discuss the new proposed tax increases at the Senate. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on

Read More →

More Tax Increases at the Senate and Legislature

Paul Harleman, Senate Minority Budget Director, joined Joe Kent to discuss the tax increases at the Senate and the Legislature. The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM, Mondays on Maui at 7am. “We have a general funds budget deficit

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: HB 1559 (Relating to Property Forfeiture)

To: House Committee on Judiciary Rep. Karl Rhoads, Chair Rep. Joy A. San Buenaventura, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: HB 1559 — RELATING TO PROPERTY FORFEITURE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its

Read More →

Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE DATELINE: February 11, 2016, Honolulu, Hawai`i CONTACT: Kelsey Meehan, (808) 591-9193, kmeehan@grassrootinstitute.org Grassroot Asks Legislature to Stop Using the GET as a Fundraising Tool Watchdog group offers comments on two separate bills that would raise taxes  HONOLULU, HAWAII–February 11, 2016–The Grassroot Institute is urging legislators to consider

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony: SB 2599 (Relating to Taxation)

To: Senate Committee on Education Sen. Michelle Kidani, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2599 — RELATING TO TAXATION Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on SB

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 2478 (Relating to Long-Term Care)

To: Committee on Commerce, Consumer Protection & Health Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Chair Sen. Michelle Kidani, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Human Services Sen. Suzanne Chun Oakland, Chair Sen. Gil Riviere, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 2478 — RELATING TO LONG-TERM CARE Comments

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Grassroot Testimony: SB 3022 (Relating to Ferries)

To: Senate Committee on Water, Land & Agriculture Sen. Mike Gabbard, Chair Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Vice Chair Senate Committee on Transportation & Energy Sen. Lorraine Inouye, Chair Sen. Mike Gabbard, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D. RE: SB 3022 — RELATING TO FERRIES Comments Only

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Jonathan Williams on Hawaii’s Economic Outlook

Many in Hawaii watch the weather forecast to plan for tomorrow.  But when it comes to the economy, the folks at the American Legislative Exchange Council have looked at Hawaii’s economic forecast, and the picture may not be as good as in other states. Jonathan Williams, Vice President for the

Read More →

Why Investing in Fossil Fuels May Encourage Renewable Energy

Sean Mitsui of the Young Americans for Liberty joined Joe Kent at the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to talk about fossil fuel investment, and how it affects our economy.  The interview was recorded as part of the Grassroot Institute with Dr. Keli’i Akina, a radio show on KAOI 1110AM, 96.7FM,

Read More →