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Emergency powers reform bill could be stronger, institute says

HB1585 needs greater clarity about the role of the Legislature and stronger statements about protecting transparency and individual rights HONOLULU, Jan. 31, 2022 >> A legislative proposal to reform the state’s emergency powers law, HB1585, would be a good start toward restoring Hawaii’s constitutional balance of powers, but it could be much stronger, according to testimony

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Governor’s tax-refund proposal ‘on the right track,’ institute says

The following media release was issued Jan. 24, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ HONOLULU, Jan. 24, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for his proposal to send out refund checks to Hawaii taxpayers. The governor’s announcement came during his State of the

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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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

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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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Emergency powers reform bill could be stronger, institute says

HB1585 needs greater clarity about the role of the Legislature and stronger statements about protecting transparency and individual rights HONOLULU, Jan. 31, 2022 >> A legislative proposal to reform the state’s emergency powers law, HB1585, would be a good start toward restoring Hawaii’s constitutional balance of powers, but it could be much stronger, according to testimony

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Governor’s tax-refund proposal ‘on the right track,’ institute says

The following media release was issued Jan. 24, 2022, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii. ___________ HONOLULU, Jan. 24, 2022 >> The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii today commended Gov. David Ige for his proposal to send out refund checks to Hawaii taxpayers. The governor’s announcement came during his State of the

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Hawaii population continues to dwindle

HONOLULU, Jan. 4, 2022 >> Hawaii’s population declined by 0.7% between July 2020 and July 2021, the third greatest per capita population decline in the country, according to new data released by the U.S. Census Bureau.[1] Hawaii trailed only New York, at -1.6%, and Illinois, at -0.9%. Hawaii’s net loss

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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

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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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PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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