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Grassroot blasts proposed Maui budget tax hikes

County officials are seeking significant property tax increases while doing virtually nothing to cut spending or spend wisely The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week expressed its opposition to the proposed property tax increases in Maui County’s fiscal 2025 annual budget. In advance of the Maui County Council’s next budget

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HB2364’s conveyance tax hike would backfire on everyone

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committees on Housing and Water and Land on Feb. 7, 2024. _____________ Feb. 7,  2024, 8:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 430 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep.

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Bill 120: Protect older kupuna from property tax increases

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Committee on Finance on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair       Hawaii County Council, Committee on Finance

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Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties

The following written testimony regarding Bill 104 was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Committee on Finance on Dec. 19, 2023. It is followed by a video of Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton’s oral testimony on the same bill. ___________ Dec. 19, 2023,

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Lahaina tax relief bill would protect property owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Dec. 15, 2023. _____________ Dec. 15, 2023, 9 a.m.  To: Chair Alice Lee       Vice-Chair Yuki Lei Sugimura       Maui County Council   From: Jonathan Helton, Policy Researcher            Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments on

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New property tax class would incentivize long-term rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Committee on Finance on Dec. 5, 2023. ___________ Dec. 5, 2023 9:30 a.m. To: Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair Hawaii County Council, Committee on Finance From: Jonathan Helton Policy Researcher, Grassroot Institute

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Offer tax relief to all Lahaina properties, not just homes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Dec. 1, 2023. _____________ Dec. 1, 2023, 9 a.m. To: Chair Alice Lee Vice-Chair Yuki Lei Sugimura Maui County Council From: Jonathan Helton, Policy Researcher Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments on

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Grassroot blasts proposed Maui budget tax hikes

County officials are seeking significant property tax increases while doing virtually nothing to cut spending or spend wisely The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii this week expressed its opposition to the proposed property tax increases in Maui County’s fiscal 2025 annual budget. In advance of the Maui County Council’s next budget

Read More →

HB2364’s conveyance tax hike would backfire on everyone

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the House Committees on Housing and Water and Land on Feb. 7, 2024. _____________ Feb. 7,  2024, 8:30 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 430 and Videoconference To: House Committee on Housing       Rep.

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Bill 120: Protect older kupuna from property tax increases

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Council Committee on Finance on Jan. 23, 2024. ___________ Jan. 23, 2024, 9 a.m. To: Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair       Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair       Hawaii County Council, Committee on Finance

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Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties

The following written testimony regarding Bill 104 was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Committee on Finance on Dec. 19, 2023. It is followed by a video of Grassroot policy researcher Jonathan Helton’s oral testimony on the same bill. ___________ Dec. 19, 2023,

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Lahaina tax relief bill would protect property owners

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Dec. 15, 2023. _____________ Dec. 15, 2023, 9 a.m.  To: Chair Alice Lee       Vice-Chair Yuki Lei Sugimura       Maui County Council   From: Jonathan Helton, Policy Researcher            Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments on

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New property tax class would incentivize long-term rentals

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii County Committee on Finance on Dec. 5, 2023. ___________ Dec. 5, 2023 9:30 a.m. To: Matt Kaneali’i-Kleinfelder, Chair Cindy Evans, Vice-Chair Hawaii County Council, Committee on Finance From: Jonathan Helton Policy Researcher, Grassroot Institute

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Offer tax relief to all Lahaina properties, not just homes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Dec. 1, 2023. _____________ Dec. 1, 2023, 9 a.m. To: Chair Alice Lee Vice-Chair Yuki Lei Sugimura Maui County Council From: Jonathan Helton, Policy Researcher Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Comments on

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