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Socioeconomics

Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the 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

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Testimony on HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii      

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Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

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The best reason to ‘Let Hawaii Work’ is to save lives

This commentary appeared originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 30, 2020. ________________ Our leaders need to move quickly to completely lift the state and county COVID-19 lockdowns Evidence has been mounting for years that prolonged unemployment in a community can result in increased deaths from suicides, substance abuse and

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How to avoid ‘deaths of despair,’ in 50 seconds

This short video complements a commentary that appeared in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 30, 2020, “The Best Reason to ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives,” by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president. ___________

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KITV4 interviews Akina about ‘Let Hawaii Work’

Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was interviewed Friday, May 2, 2020, by KITV4 news reporter Annalisa Burgos about the institute’s call for Gov. David Ige to “Let Hawaii Work.” The interview is just shy of seven minutes. A transcript of the interview is below. _______________ Annalisa

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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SB3250 SD1, ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 18, 2022, by the 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

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Testimony on HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 9, 2022, by the House Committee on Economic Development. ___________ To: House Committee on Economic Development       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep. Daniel Holt, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii      

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Testimony: Institute advises against ALOHA homes proposal — again

The following is testimony submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration on Feb. 3, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate committees on Housing and Government Operations. It concerns the ALOHA homes proposal, which first surfaced at the Legislature in 2019.  ___________________ To: Senate Committee on Housing       Sen. Stanley

Read More →

Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

Read More →

Meet Gale Pooley, Grassroot Scholar

The BYU-Hawaii professor and economist has pioneered the study of “time price” valuation and found we owe much to individual liberty and economic freedom Since 2017, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has had the pleasure of working with economist Gale Pooley. Just as the institute has challenged the public to think beyond conventional

Read More →

The best reason to ‘Let Hawaii Work’ is to save lives

This commentary appeared originally in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 30, 2020. ________________ Our leaders need to move quickly to completely lift the state and county COVID-19 lockdowns Evidence has been mounting for years that prolonged unemployment in a community can result in increased deaths from suicides, substance abuse and

Read More →

How to avoid ‘deaths of despair,’ in 50 seconds

This short video complements a commentary that appeared in Honolulu Civil Beat on May 30, 2020, “The Best Reason to ‘Let Hawaii Work’ Is To Save Lives,” by Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president. ___________

Read More →

KITV4 interviews Akina about ‘Let Hawaii Work’

Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, was interviewed Friday, May 2, 2020, by KITV4 news reporter Annalisa Burgos about the institute’s call for Gov. David Ige to “Let Hawaii Work.” The interview is just shy of seven minutes. A transcript of the interview is below. _______________ Annalisa

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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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