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News Releases

State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts

The following is a news released issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2021. ____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes HONOLULU, Dec. 23, 2021 >> Gov. David Ige’s fiscal 2023 general fund

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Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey

The following is a news release issued Nov. 16, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ Solid majorities of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents statewide agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses HONOLULU, Nov. 16, 2021 >> Most Hawaii residents agree that government regulations are needed to help keep local

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Survey shows concern about government spending and debt

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Nov. 10, 2021. ______________ The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services HONOLULU, Nov. 10, 2021 >> High levels of state and county government spending and debt are

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Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

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Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

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‘COVID/vaccination issues’ puts enduring problems on back burner

The following is a news release that was issued Oct. 21, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ____________ The coronavirus crisis understandably is front and center for most Hawaii residents, but other big issues still are mentioned in a new survey HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2021 >> Answers having to do with “COVID/vaccination issues” comprised the most frequent volunteered

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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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NEWS RELEASE: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award

Photo by Mark Coleman The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 11, 2021. ____________ The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii’s most important foundations marks an “exciting development” in the history of the institute HONOLULU, Aug. 12, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts

The following is a news released issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Dec. 23, 2021. ____________ Grassroot Institute of Hawaii calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes HONOLULU, Dec. 23, 2021 >> Gov. David Ige’s fiscal 2023 general fund

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Government regulations get thumbs down in Hawaii survey

The following is a news release issued Nov. 16, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ Solid majorities of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents statewide agree there are too many regulations and they hurt small businesses HONOLULU, Nov. 16, 2021 >> Most Hawaii residents agree that government regulations are needed to help keep local

Read More →

Survey shows concern about government spending and debt

The following news release was issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Nov. 10, 2021. ______________ The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services HONOLULU, Nov. 10, 2021 >> High levels of state and county government spending and debt are

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Isle residents aware of Jones Act mostly favor its repeal or reform

Many Hawaii policymakers support the protectionist federal shipping law, but a new survey indicates they might be out of step with Hawaii’s public HONOLULU, Nov. 2, 2021 >> Hawaii residents who have heard of the Jones Act are mostly in favor of scrapping or reforming it, according to a new survey of almost 1,000 randomly

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Isles residents support adding land, zoning reform to increase housing

Almost 1,000 people statewide express broad support for policies that could increase housing inventory in Hawaii and help ease high prices   HONOLULU, Oct. 26, 2021 >> When Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli‘i Akina wrote in his weekly column this past Saturday that “most of us” in Hawaii agree there is

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‘COVID/vaccination issues’ puts enduring problems on back burner

The following is a news release that was issued Oct. 21, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ____________ The coronavirus crisis understandably is front and center for most Hawaii residents, but other big issues still are mentioned in a new survey HONOLULU, Oct. 21, 2021 >> Answers having to do with “COVID/vaccination issues” comprised the most frequent volunteered

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Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows

The following is a news release issued Oct. 13, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. __________ A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want HONOLULU, Oct. 13, 2021 >> A new survey by one of Hawaii’s top polling companies shows that a substantial

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Honolulu Council urged to shelve digital vaccine passports resolution

Photo by Charley Myers The following news release was issued Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ________ The Honolulu City Council is considering a resolution that would urge digital vaccine passports for “higher risk” establishments statewide   HONOLULU, Sept. 2, 2021 >> A resolution being considered today

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NEWS RELEASE: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii receives CHANGE Grant award

Photo by Mark Coleman The following is a news release issued by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Aug. 11, 2021. ____________ The $30,000 gift from one of Hawaii’s most important foundations marks an “exciting development” in the history of the institute HONOLULU, Aug. 12, 2021 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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