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Issues

Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Senate vote on tax bill sends nation alarming message

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 12, 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. ______________ I have an idea for a new state motto, based on SB56, the most

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Public outrage grows after senators OK huge tax hike

The following was first published in the institute’s Weekly Report on March 10, 2021. If you would like to see Weekly Report in your inbox every Thursday, call 846-1775 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. _______________ SB56 contains so many tax increases it’s hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator

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Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

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News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

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Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law

Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism. Before the coronavirus pandemic and government lockdowns manifested in early 2020, the tourism industry had employed one in 10 Alaskans and annually served almost 1.2 million visitors, generating about $2.2 billion. Also like Hawaii, Alaska counted on cruise ships to boost its annual

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Legislative tax proposals defy common sense

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 5, 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. ______________ The Hawaii Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense

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Testimony on SB276, relating to ‘temporary’ income tax hike on wealthy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB1087, SD1 on suspending payments to the EUTF

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 3, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole., Vice Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen Donovan

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Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

Read More →

Senate vote on tax bill sends nation alarming message

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 12, 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. ______________ I have an idea for a new state motto, based on SB56, the most

Read More →

Public outrage grows after senators OK huge tax hike

The following was first published in the institute’s Weekly Report on March 10, 2021. If you would like to see Weekly Report in your inbox every Thursday, call 846-1775 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. _______________ SB56 contains so many tax increases it’s hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator

Read More →

Webinar: ‘How affordable housing rules discourage homebuilding’

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s free webinar on how affordable housing rules hinder home construction in Hawaii, was a great success. The presentation on March 8, 2021, was viewed by many key members of the community, including government officials, business executives and journalists. A controversial proposal to increase affordability requirements

Read More →

News release: Grassroot Institute supports Alaska bid seeking exemption from cruising ban

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 6, 2021, regarding testimony it submitted to the Alaska Senate Labor and Commerce Committee about Senate Joint Resolution 9. _____________ Alaska’s tourism industry is in deep trouble because foreign cruise ships may not carry passengers between U.S. ports without a foreign

Read More →

Alaska cruising crisis shows need for flexibility in U.S. maritime law

Like Hawaii, Alaska relies heavily on tourism. Before the coronavirus pandemic and government lockdowns manifested in early 2020, the tourism industry had employed one in 10 Alaskans and annually served almost 1.2 million visitors, generating about $2.2 billion. Also like Hawaii, Alaska counted on cruise ships to boost its annual

Read More →

Legislative tax proposals defy common sense

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 5, 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. ______________ The Hawaii Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense

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Testimony on SB276, relating to ‘temporary’ income tax hike on wealthy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB1087, SD1 on suspending payments to the EUTF

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 3, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate committees on Judiciary and Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Sen. Karl Rhoads, Chair Sen. Jarrett Keohokalole., Vice Chair Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen Donovan

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