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Hill highlights flaws of ‘green fee’ for H. Hawaii Media listeners

Gov. Josh Green’s proposed $50 “visitor impact” fee to be levied on every tourist coming to Hawaii could have many unintended consequences — including how tourists spend their money here, according to Malia Hill, policy director for Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Hill spoke about the governor’s measure, SB304 SD2, this

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HB1375 HD3 SD1: Renaming HTA won’t make meaningful difference

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 4, 2023. _____________ April 4, 2023 10:30 a.m. Conference Room 211 and via videoconference  To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair

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HTA by any other name is still HTA

Photo by Charley Myers Another year, another attempt to reform the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Last year, the question was whether the Legislature should defund the HTA, which was established in 1998 to promote tourism to the islands. This year, some legislators have put forth a bill, SB1522, that would replace the

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SB304 SD2: ‘Visitor impact’ fee rife with problems

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on March 14, 2023. ___________ March 14, 2023 10 a.m. Conference Room 423 and via videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep.

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‘Visitor impact’ fee inherently flawed

Photo from Gov. Josh Green’s Twitter post When a new policy proposal gets a heavy push from a popular new governor, people sometimes forget to ask the hard questions. That’s what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is for. On Wednesday, Gov. Josh Green took to Twitter to lobby for his

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HB820 HD1: Doubling TAT on short-term rentals dubious on many levels

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 24, 2023. ___________ February 24, 2023 1:30 p.m. Conference Room 308 and via videoconference To: House Committee on Finance        Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Chair      

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One more good reason to throw an antiquated maritime law overboard

The following article was published originally on Feb. 4 in Travel Weekly. ____________ A U.S. maritime law enacted during the days before air travel is exporting American tourism dollars to countries such as Canada, Mexico and Aruba. The 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act does this by preventing foreign-flagged or -built

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Hill highlights flaws of ‘green fee’ for H. Hawaii Media listeners

Gov. Josh Green’s proposed $50 “visitor impact” fee to be levied on every tourist coming to Hawaii could have many unintended consequences — including how tourists spend their money here, according to Malia Hill, policy director for Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Hill spoke about the governor’s measure, SB304 SD2, this

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HB1375 HD3 SD1: Renaming HTA won’t make meaningful difference

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Ways and Means on April 4, 2023. _____________ April 4, 2023 10:30 a.m. Conference Room 211 and via videoconference  To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair

Read More →

HTA by any other name is still HTA

Photo by Charley Myers Another year, another attempt to reform the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Last year, the question was whether the Legislature should defund the HTA, which was established in 1998 to promote tourism to the islands. This year, some legislators have put forth a bill, SB1522, that would replace the

Read More →

SB304 SD2: ‘Visitor impact’ fee rife with problems

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Tourism on March 14, 2023. ___________ March 14, 2023 10 a.m. Conference Room 423 and via videoconference To: House Committee on Tourism       Rep. Sean Quinlan, Chair       Rep.

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‘Visitor impact’ fee inherently flawed

Photo from Gov. Josh Green’s Twitter post When a new policy proposal gets a heavy push from a popular new governor, people sometimes forget to ask the hard questions. That’s what the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is for. On Wednesday, Gov. Josh Green took to Twitter to lobby for his

Read More →

HB820 HD1: Doubling TAT on short-term rentals dubious on many levels

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 24, 2023. ___________ February 24, 2023 1:30 p.m. Conference Room 308 and via videoconference To: House Committee on Finance        Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Chair      

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One more good reason to throw an antiquated maritime law overboard

The following article was published originally on Feb. 4 in Travel Weekly. ____________ A U.S. maritime law enacted during the days before air travel is exporting American tourism dollars to countries such as Canada, Mexico and Aruba. The 1886 Passenger Vessel Services Act does this by preventing foreign-flagged or -built

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