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HB2089 would give more time between building code cycles

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Water and Land on Feb. 13, 2024. ___________ Feb. 13, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 430 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Water and Land        Linda

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Improve building code cycle through adoption of SB2994

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations.       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Adopt SB2335 to improve building code update process

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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SB1461: Project square footage should dictate architect sign-off

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair       Sen. Troy Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

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Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

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Allowing bigger houses on farm land could ease housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Planning Commission on Jan. 9, 2024. _____________ Jan. 9, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Kellie Pali, Chair Kim Thayer, Vice-Chair Maui County Planning Commission From: Jonathan Helton, Policy researcher Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments

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Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Anyone wanting to renovate, repair, or build a home in Honolulu can typically expect to wait months or even years before being issued a permit. The situation has become so

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Self-certification has good track record in other cities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Nov. 1, 2023. _____________ Nov. 1, 2023, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale Honolulu City and County Council Comments on Bill 6 (2023), CD1 Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other

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Rainwater catchment could increase housing on Kauai

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kaua‘i County Council on Oct. 18, 2023. _____________ October 18, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice

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HB2089 would give more time between building code cycles

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Water and Land on Feb. 13, 2024. ___________ Feb. 13, 2024, 10:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 430 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Water and Land        Linda

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Improve building code cycle through adoption of SB2994

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations.       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Adopt SB2335 to improve building code update process

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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SB1461: Project square footage should dictate architect sign-off

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Housing on Jan. 30, 2024. _____________ Jan. 30, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair       Sen. Troy Hashimoto, Vice-Chair

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Hawaii fares poorly in ‘economic freedom ranking

Hawaii is one of the worst states in the nation in terms of economic freedom, according to the annual “Economic Freedom of North America” report released by the Fraser Institute, based in Vancouver, Canada. The independent public policy think tank ranked Hawaii 46th among all 50 U.S. states and the

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Allowing bigger houses on farm land could ease housing crisis

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Planning Commission on Jan. 9, 2024. _____________ Jan. 9, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Kellie Pali, Chair Kim Thayer, Vice-Chair Maui County Planning Commission From: Jonathan Helton, Policy researcher Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments

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Streamline permitting process to reduce wait times, favoritism

Photo by Mark Coleman The following commentary was originally published in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2023. __________ Anyone wanting to renovate, repair, or build a home in Honolulu can typically expect to wait months or even years before being issued a permit. The situation has become so

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Self-certification has good track record in other cities

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Honolulu City and County Council on Nov. 1, 2023. _____________ Nov. 1, 2023, 10 a.m. Honolulu Hale Honolulu City and County Council Comments on Bill 6 (2023), CD1 Aloha Chair Waters, Vice-Chair Kiaʻāina and other

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Rainwater catchment could increase housing on Kauai

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Kaua‘i County Council on Oct. 18, 2023. _____________ October 18, 2023 8:30 a.m. Kauai County Council Chambers To: Kaua‘i County Council       Councilmember Mel Rapozo, Chair       Councilmember KipuKai Kuali‘i, Vice

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