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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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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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‘Well, Johnny, it’s really been a strange session so far’

It was a good Sunday morning on the last day of February when Johnny Miro once again hosted Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina to talk about public affairs on the H. Hawaii Media family of radio stations: 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM and 96.7 FM.  Miro’s first

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‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

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Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

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Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

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How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

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Perry ponders ‘Lockdown Versus Liberty’ — and hat-tips our cartoonist

Hawaii’s No. 1 morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, about the institute’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty.” The brief explains why Hawaii’s Legislature needs to revise the state’s emergency powers law, to prevent the governor’s extended

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Managing emergencies and protecting liberties

Radio host David Lister of Kauai’s Star 94.3 interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Jan. 24, 2021, about the institute’s new “Lockdowns Versus Liberty” policy brief. A full transcript of the brief conversation is below. ___________ 1-24-2021 Keli ‘i Akina interviewed by David Lister, Star 94.3

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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 →

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 →

‘Well, Johnny, it’s really been a strange session so far’

It was a good Sunday morning on the last day of February when Johnny Miro once again hosted Grassroot Institute President Keli’i Akina to talk about public affairs on the H. Hawaii Media family of radio stations: 101.1 FM, 101.5 FM, 107.5 FM, 97.1 FM and 96.7 FM.  Miro’s first

Read More →

‘How we can restore economic prosperity’

Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina was guest again on the radio program “Perry & The Posse,” this time on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, and this time talking with host Michael W. Perry about how we can restore economic prosperity in Hawaii — without raising taxes. Hawaii lawmakers “actually

Read More →

Sustainability applies to economy, too, Akina says on ‘Stan The Energy Man’

Usually it’s Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, who interviews notable people on the ThinkTech Hawaii Network, during his show “Hawaii Together,” which airs every other Monday. But recently, on Feb. 2, Akina was the interview subject of a different ThinkTech Hawaii program: Stan Osserman’s regular “Stan

Read More →

Add checks to power of governor during emergencies

Photo by Charley Myers This commentary was first published, with a different headline, on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. ________________ After almost a year spent in a state of emergency, it’s time for the people of Hawaii to get a bigger say in the state’s COVID-19 response. Gov. David Ige has

Read More →

How to rescue Hawaii’s economy without raising taxes

The following commentary by Keli’i Akina was originally published Jan. 23, 2021, in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle. It was written before Gov. David Ige revealed he would not be including any tax proposals in his fiscal 2022 budget, except for a “fee” on sellers of sugary beverages. Certain legislators, however, have stepped in

Read More →

Perry ponders ‘Lockdown Versus Liberty’ — and hat-tips our cartoonist

Hawaii’s No. 1 morning radio host, Michael W. Perry, interviewed Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021, about the institute’s new policy brief, “Lockdowns Versus Liberty.” The brief explains why Hawaii’s Legislature needs to revise the state’s emergency powers law, to prevent the governor’s extended

Read More →

Managing emergencies and protecting liberties

Radio host David Lister of Kauai’s Star 94.3 interviewed Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, on Jan. 24, 2021, about the institute’s new “Lockdowns Versus Liberty” policy brief. A full transcript of the brief conversation is below. ___________ 1-24-2021 Keli ‘i Akina interviewed by David Lister, Star 94.3

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