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Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

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Kent predicts greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii

Making it easier for cryptocurrency firms to do business in Hawaii could mean “billions of dollars of investment” coming to the state, said Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this past Sunday morning to host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media radio network. After the

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Akina laments legislative fondness for tax increases

The latest push by Hawaii legislators to add a $25 “check-in” fee to the state’s transient accommodations tax is an example of “the irony of elected office,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  During his latest chat with radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH, Akina

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HB1660 risks driving down investment, entrepreneurship

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 21, 2024. ___________ Feb. 21, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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Hill flags good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature

Grassroot’s policy director says Hawaii high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other” There are many promising housing bills being considered by the 2024 state Legislature, but Malia Hill’s favorite is SB3202, dubbed the “starter home bill,” because it would change

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‘Starter homes’ bill, HB1630 HD1, deserves wide support

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committees on Housing, Water and Land and Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12,  2024, 2:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing

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Improve building code cycle through adoption of SB2994

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations.       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Maui event: ‘How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii’

There’s no shortage of grandiose and costly project proposals that are purported to be the solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage.  But at two recent events on Maui and Hawaii Island, Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina and Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton made a pitch on how to facilitate

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Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

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Nonunion builders, contractors cry foul on new PLA directive

Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green, according to the Hawaii chapter president of the Associated Builders and Contractors, which represents more than 170 contractors, suppliers and service providers. During an interview for the Grassroot

Read More →

Kent predicts greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii

Making it easier for cryptocurrency firms to do business in Hawaii could mean “billions of dollars of investment” coming to the state, said Joe Kent, executive vice president of Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, this past Sunday morning to host Johnny Miro of the H. Hawaii Media radio network. After the

Read More →

Akina laments legislative fondness for tax increases

The latest push by Hawaii legislators to add a $25 “check-in” fee to the state’s transient accommodations tax is an example of “the irony of elected office,” according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  During his latest chat with radio host Rick Hamada on NewsRadio 830 KHVH, Akina

Read More →

HB1660 risks driving down investment, entrepreneurship

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committee on Finance on Feb. 21, 2024. ___________ Feb. 21, 2024, 2 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 308 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Chair

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Hill flags good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature

Grassroot’s policy director says Hawaii high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other” There are many promising housing bills being considered by the 2024 state Legislature, but Malia Hill’s favorite is SB3202, dubbed the “starter home bill,” because it would change

Read More →

‘Starter homes’ bill, HB1630 HD1, deserves wide support

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committees on Housing, Water and Land and Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 12, 2024. _____________ Feb. 12,  2024, 2:30 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 325 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing

Read More →

Improve building code cycle through adoption of SB2994

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Senate Committee on Government Relations on Feb. 13, 2024. _____________ Feb. 13, 2024, 4 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 and Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Government Relations.       Sen. Angus McKelvey,

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Maui event: ‘How to facilitate more homebuilding in Hawaii’

There’s no shortage of grandiose and costly project proposals that are purported to be the solution to Hawaii’s housing shortage.  But at two recent events on Maui and Hawaii Island, Grassroot Institute President and CEO Keli‘i Akina and Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton made a pitch on how to facilitate

Read More →

Akina extols economic freedom as requisite for a better Hawaii

Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem, according to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keliʻi Akina.  “It’s the frog-in-the-kettle syndrome,” he told KHVH radio host Rick Hamada on Jan. 25. “We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s

Read More →