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Taxes & Fees

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 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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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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Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect

This commentary was originally published in the March 20, 2021, edition of Hawai Filipino Chronicle. ___________ Hawaii residents were spooked last week by Senate passage of a bill that would increase the state’s highest personal income tax from 11% to 16% on annual incomes of more than $200,000, making it

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Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

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Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

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Senate vote on tax bill sends nation alarming message

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 12, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ I have an idea for a new state motto, based on SB56, the most

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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.

Read More →

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 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax

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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

Read More →

Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows

The following is the revised version of a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 25, 2021. It includes an expanded footnote and some language not found in the earlier verison. _____________ Hawaii state tax revenues per capita exceed the national average by more than 100%, according to

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Imagine there’s no doctors; it’s easy if you tax

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 19, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ____________ Over the past year during the COVID-19 crisis, we have seen just how important

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SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect

This commentary was originally published in the March 20, 2021, edition of Hawai Filipino Chronicle. ___________ Hawaii residents were spooked last week by Senate passage of a bill that would increase the state’s highest personal income tax from 11% to 16% on annual incomes of more than $200,000, making it

Read More →

Why raising taxes on the wealthy hurts everyone in Hawaii

“Raising taxes at this time, it’s like kicking someone when they’re down.” That was one of the many astute observations made by Keli’i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, during an interview Sunday, March 21, 2021, with radio host Johnny Miro on the H. Hawaii Media

Read More →

Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

Read More →

Senate vote on tax bill sends nation alarming message

The commentary below was Keli’i Akina’s weekly “President’s Corner” column for March 12, 2021. If you would like to have his columns emailed to you on a regular basis, please call 808-846-1776 or email info@grassrootinstitute.org. ______________ I have an idea for a new state motto, based on SB56, the most

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