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Grassroot Institute CEO denounces House budget plan as ‘irresponsible’

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 24, 2021, regarding the state House voting unanimously to approve HB200, HD1. _____________ Institute President Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree HONOLULU, March 24, 2021 >>

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect

This commentary was originally published in the March 20, 2021, edition of Hawai Filipino Chronicle. ___________ Hawaii residents were spooked last week by Senate passage of a bill that would increase the state’s highest personal income tax from 11% to 16% on annual incomes of more than $200,000, making it

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Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

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Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

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Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

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Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

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Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

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Testimony, HB200, relating to the state budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Grassroot Institute CEO denounces House budget plan as ‘irresponsible’

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 24, 2021, regarding the state House voting unanimously to approve HB200, HD1. _____________ Institute President Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree HONOLULU, March 24, 2021 >>

Read More →

Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

Read More →

SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect

This commentary was originally published in the March 20, 2021, edition of Hawai Filipino Chronicle. ___________ Hawaii residents were spooked last week by Senate passage of a bill that would increase the state’s highest personal income tax from 11% to 16% on annual incomes of more than $200,000, making it

Read More →

Former Hawaii doctor tells why he moved to the mainland

Hawaii is experiencing a severe doctor shortage, and a recent bill to increase the state’s personal income tax to the highest in the nation, SB56, has prompted many doctors in the state to consider adding to that shortage by moving to states with lower taxes and costs of living. Dr. Kyle

Read More →

Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

Read More →

Doctors to the State of Hawaii: ‘I’m moving’

There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing.  On March 9, the Hawaii State Senate passed SB56, a bill called the “Enola Gay” of tax proposals by the Tax Foundation of

Read More →

Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

Read More →

Legislature’s SB56 would be ‘apocalyptic’ for isle doctors

“Well, you’ve heard it,” said Keli’i Akina at the end of his “Hawaii Together” program that aired Monday, March 15, 2021, on ThinkTech Hawaii. “We’ve got a problem here in Hawaii for all us, not just for doctors, and it’s time speak to our legislators about some common sense in

Read More →

Testimony, HB200, relating to the state budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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