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Bill 152 a welcome proposal to speed up Big Isle housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council, Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on April 30, 2024. ___________ April 30, 2024, 2 p.m. West Hawai’i Civic Center Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Hawaii County Council, Policy

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‘Spontaneous order’ hailed as best way for societies to thrive

What if the key to prosperity lies not in central planning, but in individual liberty?  In a March 28 interview with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, economist, author and Grassroot Scholar Ken Schoolland extolled the virtues of what he called “spontaneous order” — the

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Blanks in Maui tax resolution a bad sign to begin with

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 23, 2024. ___________ April 23, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

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Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone

Hawaii property owners are facing an “insurance Armageddon” of significantly higher rates that some state legislators are thinking might require a variety of new taxes to mitigate, according to Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, who spoke recently with host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media

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Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 16, 2024. ___________ April 16, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Spending cuts needed to spare Maui residents a tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on April 22, 2024. ___________ April 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee      

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A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

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‘Blankety-blank’ bills at Legislature leave Hawaii taxpayers in the dark

How much would a proposed new tax increase cost Hawaii taxpayers? “Blankety-blank,” said Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, on the latest “Talking Tax” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Joined by co-host Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii managing editor, Yamachika was referring to the state Legislature’s growing

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Bill 152 a welcome proposal to speed up Big Isle housing

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council, Policy Committee on Planning, Land Use and Development on April 30, 2024. ___________ April 30, 2024, 2 p.m. West Hawai’i Civic Center Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Hawaii County Council, Policy

Read More →

‘Spontaneous order’ hailed as best way for societies to thrive

What if the key to prosperity lies not in central planning, but in individual liberty?  In a March 28 interview with Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, economist, author and Grassroot Scholar Ken Schoolland extolled the virtues of what he called “spontaneous order” — the

Read More →

Blanks in Maui tax resolution a bad sign to begin with

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 23, 2024. ___________ April 23, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Let’s end embarrassing tax on medical services

Testimony at this year’s Hawaii State Legislature has made it pretty clear why medical services in Hawaii should be exempted from the state general excise tax. At a recent legislative hearing on a bill that would do just that, dozens of doctors and healthcare advocates explained how the GET makes

Read More →

Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone

Hawaii property owners are facing an “insurance Armageddon” of significantly higher rates that some state legislators are thinking might require a variety of new taxes to mitigate, according to Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president, who spoke recently with host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media

Read More →

Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on April 16, 2024. ___________ April 16, 2024, 6 p.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Spending cuts needed to spare Maui residents a tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee on April 22, 2024. ___________ April 22, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber, Kalana O Maui Building To: Budget, Finance, and Economic Development Committee      

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A tax proposal I actually like

Most people in Hawaii like the idea of dealing with local, family-owned companies that help make our state unique. Such companies include Zippy’s, Foodland, Tamura’s, KTA Super Stores, Servco, L&L Hawaiian Barbeque, Tori Richard, ABC Stores, City Mill and many more. Unfortunately, Hawaii has a tax law that can make

Read More →

‘Blankety-blank’ bills at Legislature leave Hawaii taxpayers in the dark

How much would a proposed new tax increase cost Hawaii taxpayers? “Blankety-blank,” said Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, on the latest “Talking Tax” program on ThinkTech Hawaii. Joined by co-host Mark Coleman, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii managing editor, Yamachika was referring to the state Legislature’s growing

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