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Taxes & Fees

Include mixed-use buildings in new long-term rental class

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

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Bill would protect exemption for long-term rental owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

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Lower assessment cap welcome, but consider larger homeowner exemption too

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

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Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit

The credit value and eligibility limits were all increased, with an amendment being credited to a Grassroot Institute suggestion The Maui County Council gave initial approval last Friday to a bill supported by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that, if enacted, will increase the amount of the county’s “circuit breaker”

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Can Hawaii afford its new income tax cuts?

A lot of people have expressed concern to me that today’s historic tax cut will be next year’s excuse to impose tax increases. Or that letting Hawaii taxpayers save $5 billion through 2031 will result in some sort of a budget crisis for the state. My take is that Hawaii

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‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’

Legislators often talk about having a historic year when in fact they didn’t really do much of anything — but Hawaii’s legislative session this year truly was, according to Ted Kefalas, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s director of strategic campaigns. Kefalas was referring mainly to the Legislature’s unanimous approval of HB2024,

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Astonishing experience awaits Hawaii residents: lower taxes

Grassroot CEO Keli‘i Akina and Gov. Josh Green waved shaka signs at the signing ceremony for two bills that will lower everyone’s tax burden in Hawaii. Photo by Tom Yamachika. Gov. Josh Green signed bills on Monday to lower the state income tax and exempt some medical services from the

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Hawaii Council follows through on homeowner tax-cut proposal

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii supported the reduction, but also had urged that the tax cuts be deeper and extended to business properties as well It was good news last week when the Hawaii County Council approved a resolution cutting property taxes for homeowners and affordable rental properties, but the

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Circuit breaker tax credit overdue for being updated

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on June 7, 2024. ___________ June 7, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

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Include mixed-use buildings in new long-term rental class

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

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Bill would protect exemption for long-term rental owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

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Lower assessment cap welcome, but consider larger homeowner exemption too

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Finance Committee on June 18, 2024. ___________ June 18, 2024, 1 p.m. Hawai‘i County Building To: Hawai‘i County Finance Committee       Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair From:

Read More →

Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit

The credit value and eligibility limits were all increased, with an amendment being credited to a Grassroot Institute suggestion The Maui County Council gave initial approval last Friday to a bill supported by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii that, if enacted, will increase the amount of the county’s “circuit breaker”

Read More →

Can Hawaii afford its new income tax cuts?

A lot of people have expressed concern to me that today’s historic tax cut will be next year’s excuse to impose tax increases. Or that letting Hawaii taxpayers save $5 billion through 2031 will result in some sort of a budget crisis for the state. My take is that Hawaii

Read More →

‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’

Legislators often talk about having a historic year when in fact they didn’t really do much of anything — but Hawaii’s legislative session this year truly was, according to Ted Kefalas, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s director of strategic campaigns. Kefalas was referring mainly to the Legislature’s unanimous approval of HB2024,

Read More →

Astonishing experience awaits Hawaii residents: lower taxes

Grassroot CEO Keli‘i Akina and Gov. Josh Green waved shaka signs at the signing ceremony for two bills that will lower everyone’s tax burden in Hawaii. Photo by Tom Yamachika. Gov. Josh Green signed bills on Monday to lower the state income tax and exempt some medical services from the

Read More →

Hawaii Council follows through on homeowner tax-cut proposal

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii supported the reduction, but also had urged that the tax cuts be deeper and extended to business properties as well It was good news last week when the Hawaii County Council approved a resolution cutting property taxes for homeowners and affordable rental properties, but the

Read More →

Circuit breaker tax credit overdue for being updated

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on June 7, 2024. ___________ June 7, 2024, 9 a.m. Council Chamber Kalana O Maui Building To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Yuki Lei Sugimura,

Read More →