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Taxes & Fees

It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

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Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

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Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

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Petition aims to exempt medical costs from Hawaii’s general excise tax

The following is a news release issued Oct. 6, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ HONOLULU, Oct. 6, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax. The purpose is to make healthcare

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Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

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Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

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Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

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Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

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Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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It’s a perfect time to cut taxes

Thanksgiving is at our doorstep and Christmas is just around the corner, but everything is not joyful. Considering Hawaii’s high cost of living and the nation’s record inflation, many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans,

Read More →

Akina answers why petition seeks tax break for medical services

The campaign to exempt medical services from the state general excise tax took to the airwaves this past Sunday with an appearance by Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on the H. Hawaii Media radio network. Host Johnny Miro asked Akina to explain why the

Read More →

Hawaii island newspaper gives GET petition drive front-page treatment

The in-depth news article about Hawaii’s acute doctor shortage explains why the Institute is calling for a targeted tax waiver The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s petition to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax was the lead story in Sunday’s Hawaii Tribune-Herald, based in Hilo. Written by reporter Grant Phillips, the story

Read More →

Petition aims to exempt medical costs from Hawaii’s general excise tax

The following is a news release issued Oct. 6, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ HONOLULU, Oct. 6, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has launched a petition urging the Hawaii Legislature to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax. The purpose is to make healthcare

Read More →

Getting by with a little help from our friends

Greetings from 35,000 feet! Through the clouds below me, the Great Plains are rolling by. This bird’s-eye view of our nation is a metaphor for how my colleagues and I at the Grassroot Institute have spent the past week. Over the last several days, we have been meeting with members

Read More →

Candidates raise hopes for food and other exemptions from GET

This article was originally printed in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle on Aug. 19, 2022. ______________ With inflation soaring in our already-expensive state, wouldn’t it be nice to get a discount on a few of life’s necessities? That might actually happen, if some of the candidates in the current election cycle

Read More →

Should sacrifices go just one way?

We are often told that citizens have a duty to make sacrifices and cooperate if we want to make Hawaii better. It’s all part of being “in the same canoe.” But what about the government? Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for

Read More →

Exempt food, medicine, medical care from GET

This commentary was originally published originally in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Aug. 3, 2022. _____________ Candidates for political office in Hawaii have suddenly started talking about a policy option that has been kicking around for years: Exempt food and medicine from the state general excise tax (GET). The reasoning is that such an exemption

Read More →

Hawaii counties squander opportunity to lower taxes

Editor’s note: Some of the figures cited in the transcript for the proposed Maui budget were underestimated. The correct figures appear in brackets. ___________ It’s the perfect time to lower taxes. That’s what Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said Sunday morning, June 5, 2022, when

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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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