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‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

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Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

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Estate tax reform would help local family businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 5, 2024. ______________ April 5, 2024  10:20 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

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How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

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Proposed tax hike could further destabilize insurance market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 5, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Judiciary. ____________________________ April 5, 2024, 10:15 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and

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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

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Simplifying ADU process via Bill 123 would boost Hawaii Island housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission on April 4, 2024. ___________ April 4, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii County Council Chambers in Hilo To: Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission       Dennis Lin, Chair    

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Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?

Colorado’s “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” could provide a model for Hawaii to better constrain government taxing and spending, according to Rhonda Sparlin, a partner in the State and Local Tax Services Group of the accounting firm Rubin Brown, based in Denver. Sparlin was the featured guest on the March 21

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Allow use of Act 50 credit for multiple tax years

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on April 3, 2024. ______________ April 3, 2024, 2:15 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?

Government is supposed to represent the people — not itself — Hawaii entrepreneur Bill Comerford said on the March 25 episode of “Hawaii Together,” titled “Surprise tax last straw for bar owner.”  Speaking on the ThinkTech Hawaii program with host Keliʻi Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, Comerford

Read More →

Pass Bill 123 to speed up permitting of ADUs on Big Isle

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers  To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission        Barbara DeFranco, Chair From: Joe

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Study STR economic impact before advancing Bill 121

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission on April 18, 2024. ___________ April 18, 2024, 9:30 a.m. West Hawaii Civic Center, Council Chambers To: Hawaii County Leeward Planning Commission       Barbara DeFranco, Chair      From: Joe

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Estate tax reform would help local family businesses

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 5, 2024. ______________ April 5, 2024  10:20 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen.

Read More →

How to nurse Hawaii back to good health

We must give credit where it’s due: Hawaii lawmakers seem to be getting serious about solving our healthcare shortages. Problems such as Hawaii’s doctor and nursing shortages existed before the COVID-19 crisis, but facing such a healthcare emergency without enough healthcare workers made it clear that the issue couldn’t be

Read More →

Proposed tax hike could further destabilize insurance market

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on April 5, 2024, by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means, and Senate Committee on Judiciary. ____________________________ April 5, 2024, 10:15 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Ways and

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Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions

The road to rebuilding Lahaina in the wake of the 2023 wildfires should be paved with fewer taxes and regulations, not more, according to Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Commenting on Maui Mayor Richard Bissen’s plan to raise property taxes and water fees to fund the

Read More →

Simplifying ADU process via Bill 123 would boost Hawaii Island housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission on April 4, 2024. ___________ April 4, 2024, 9 a.m. Hawaii County Council Chambers in Hilo To: Hawaii County Windward Planning Commission       Dennis Lin, Chair    

Read More →

Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?

Colorado’s “Taxpayer Bill of Rights” could provide a model for Hawaii to better constrain government taxing and spending, according to Rhonda Sparlin, a partner in the State and Local Tax Services Group of the accounting firm Rubin Brown, based in Denver. Sparlin was the featured guest on the March 21

Read More →

Allow use of Act 50 credit for multiple tax years

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on April 3, 2024. ______________ April 3, 2024, 2:15 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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