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Skyline’s $54 per passenger operating cost highest in U.S.

Source: American Public Transportation Association The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 13, 2023. ___________ “Taxpayers are already paying an enormous amount to build the project, but now are paying even more to run it nearly empty” HONOLULU, July 13,

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Hawaii income tax burden second highest in nation

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 5, 2023. _______________ HONOLULU, July 5, 2023 >> Hawaii has the second-highest income tax burden of any state for all income levels, according to a new analysis from the state Department of Taxation. Seth Colby,

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Report finds ’empty homes’ tax won’t fix Hawaii housing shortage

This following is a news release that was issued May 17, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Video soundbites are included. ___________ An analysis from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii finds no meaningful correlation between so-called empty homes and housing or rental prices HONOLULU, May 17, 2023 >> The

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Projected state surplus vanishing in face of planned higher spending

The Legislature’s proposed spending plan for fiscal 2024, if OK’d by the governor, could result in a state budget deficit of $45 million by fiscal 2028 The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 10, 2023. _____________ HONOLULU, May 10, 2023 >> Hawaii’s projected state budget surplus

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Quick takes on bills approved by 2023 Hawaii Legislature, Part 1

The following news release was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Here are a few brief comments from Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, regarding some of the bills that were approved today by the 2023 Hawaii State Legislature. >> On the

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Legislature on track to violate state’s legal spending limit

The following is a news release that was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ The proposed budget is $668 million more than the governor requested and doesn’t even include almost 30 other measures that require funding HONOLULU, May 2, 2023 >> The state Legislature’s proposed budget for the

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New brief outlines how counties can provide property tax relief

This following is a news release that was issued April 20, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report is intended to be a policy toolkit for county lawmakers seeking to offset spiking property assessments  HONOLULU, Apr. 20, 2023 >> The Grassroot Institute of

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New report urges licensure reform to boost ranks of Hawaii medical workers

This following is a news release that was issued Feb. 22, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says making it easier for qualified medical professionals to practice here would improve healthcare access  HONOLULU, Feb. 22, 2023 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released a new policy brief

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Skyline’s $54 per passenger operating cost highest in U.S.

Source: American Public Transportation Association The following is a news release that was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 13, 2023. ___________ “Taxpayers are already paying an enormous amount to build the project, but now are paying even more to run it nearly empty” HONOLULU, July 13,

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Hawaii income tax burden second highest in nation

The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on July 5, 2023. _______________ HONOLULU, July 5, 2023 >> Hawaii has the second-highest income tax burden of any state for all income levels, according to a new analysis from the state Department of Taxation. Seth Colby,

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Report finds ’empty homes’ tax won’t fix Hawaii housing shortage

This following is a news release that was issued May 17, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. Video soundbites are included. ___________ An analysis from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii finds no meaningful correlation between so-called empty homes and housing or rental prices HONOLULU, May 17, 2023 >> The

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Projected state surplus vanishing in face of planned higher spending

The Legislature’s proposed spending plan for fiscal 2024, if OK’d by the governor, could result in a state budget deficit of $45 million by fiscal 2028 The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on May 10, 2023. _____________ HONOLULU, May 10, 2023 >> Hawaii’s projected state budget surplus

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Quick takes on bills approved by 2023 Hawaii Legislature, Part 1

The following news release was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ Here are a few brief comments from Keli‘i Akina, president and CEO of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, regarding some of the bills that were approved today by the 2023 Hawaii State Legislature. >> On the

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Legislature on track to violate state’s legal spending limit

The following is a news release that was issued May 2, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. _____________ The proposed budget is $668 million more than the governor requested and doesn’t even include almost 30 other measures that require funding HONOLULU, May 2, 2023 >> The state Legislature’s proposed budget for the

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New brief outlines how counties can provide property tax relief

This following is a news release that was issued April 20, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report is intended to be a policy toolkit for county lawmakers seeking to offset spiking property assessments  HONOLULU, Apr. 20, 2023 >> The Grassroot Institute of

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New report urges licensure reform to boost ranks of Hawaii medical workers

This following is a news release that was issued Feb. 22, 2023, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii says making it easier for qualified medical professionals to practice here would improve healthcare access  HONOLULU, Feb. 22, 2023 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii released a new policy brief

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