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Taxes & Fees

Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

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Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

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NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

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Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

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Hawaii’s tax future now in Gov. David Ige’s hands

Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo This article was originally published May 23, 2021 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _________________ By Keli’i Akina and Tom Yamachika The time is fast approaching when we will learn if Gov. David Ige meant it when he said that tax hikes are “the last thing” our state needs right

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If we can’t lower taxes, at least don’t increase them

The following commentary was originally published April  5, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ If there is a theme to this year’s legislative session, it would be, “taxes, taxes, taxes.” Even before the 2021 legislative session began, there was talk about increasing taxes to make up for COVID-19 revenue losses.

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Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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Should Hawaii raise taxes on the rich?

Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, was special guest on Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, on March 29, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, and the topic, as you might guess, was taxes. Specifically, whether should Hawaii increase taxes on the so-called rich. Part of the

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Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

Read More →

Will Honolulu hike taxes again? (Does the sun rise in the east?)

Photo by Charley Myers New taxes being considered by the Honolulu City Council were the focus of Institute President Keli’i Akina‘s  “Hawaii Together” program on Monday. His guest on the ThinkTech Hawaii program was Tom Yamachika, Grassroot Scholar and president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, which keeps track of changes in tax law and how

Read More →

NEWS RELEASE: Ige’s ‘intent to veto’ list praised

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on June 23, 2021. _____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii CEO Keli’i Akina says the list reflects a commendable effort to avoid increasing Hawaii’s taxpayer burden HONOLULU, June 23, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for declaring his intent

Read More →

Why Hawaii residents are moving away

If you want to know why people are leaving Hawaii, there is possibly no better person to ask than economist Dan Mitchell, co-founder of the Center for Freedom and Prosperity in Washington, D.C., and an international expert on the effects of government taxation and spending policies. Mitchell was the guest on Keli’i

Read More →

Hawaii’s tax future now in Gov. David Ige’s hands

Honolulu Star-Advertiser photo This article was originally published May 23, 2021 in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. _________________ By Keli’i Akina and Tom Yamachika The time is fast approaching when we will learn if Gov. David Ige meant it when he said that tax hikes are “the last thing” our state needs right

Read More →

If we can’t lower taxes, at least don’t increase them

The following commentary was originally published April  5, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ___________ If there is a theme to this year’s legislative session, it would be, “taxes, taxes, taxes.” Even before the 2021 legislative session began, there was talk about increasing taxes to make up for COVID-19 revenue losses.

Read More →
tax odometer

Taxing the rich ‘spells trouble for the rest of us’

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for April 2, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-864-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

Read More →

Should Hawaii raise taxes on the rich?

Tom Yamachika, president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, was special guest on Keli’i Akina’s latest “Hawaii Together” program, on March 29, 2021, on the ThinkTech Hawaii network, and the topic, as you might guess, was taxes. Specifically, whether should Hawaii increase taxes on the so-called rich. Part of the

Read More →

Akina discusses taxes on Hawaii Public Radio

Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was among three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill,” as in Frankenstein. The other guests

Read More →