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Taxes & Fees

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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Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

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Testimony: Hawaii taxpayers deserve big portion of budget surplus

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony on Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the Honolulu Council Committee on Budget. _______________ To: Honolulu County Council Committee on Budget       Calvin K.Y. Say, Chair       Radiant Cordero, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

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What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

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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

Read More →

Hawaii taxpayers deserve a rebate — a big one

Imagine your brother was facing a bad financial situation.  Things looked bleak for a while, and the family came together to help him out. Eventually, he got through it, thanks in part to generosity from his siblings. Now, not only is he out of trouble, but he has money to

Read More →

Testimony: Hawaii taxpayers deserve big portion of budget surplus

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: ‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep. Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony on Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the Honolulu Council Committee on Budget. _______________ To: Honolulu County Council Committee on Budget       Calvin K.Y. Say, Chair       Radiant Cordero, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 25, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony SB3261 SD1: ALOHA homes proposal fundamentally flawed

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 23, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Ways and Means and Water and Land. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen. Gilbert

Read More →

What’s up with all the tax-hike proposals this year?

Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition in Hawaii, like fireworks on the Fourth of July or hearing Christmas carols at the grocery store in mid-November. There is actually no need to raise taxes right now, especially given the state’s $3 billion

Read More →