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Testimony & Letters

TESTIMONY: County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Honolulu City Council’s budget committee on Oct. 20, 2021, regarding Bill 40, which would establish a 3% transient accommodations tax for the City and County

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TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

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Kent urges GASB to maintain strict accounting standards for governments

The Grassroot Institute submitted testimony in February to the private Government Accounting Standards Board, which is considering some rule changes that would make it easier for governments to ignore their long-term liabilities when crafting short-term budgets. This past Monday, April 12, 2021, Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent met with the

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Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

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Testimony, HB200, relating to the state budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony on SB276, relating to ‘temporary’ income tax hike on wealthy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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TESTIMONY: County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Honolulu City Council’s budget committee on Oct. 20, 2021, regarding Bill 40, which would establish a 3% transient accommodations tax for the City and County

Read More →

TESTIMONY: Digital vaccine passports pose threat to equity, civil liberties

The following is testimony submitted Sept. 2, 2021, by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii to the Honolulu City Council Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health. ___________ Sept. 2, 2021 10:30 a.m. Honolulu City Council Chamber and Videoconference To: Committee on Transportation, Sustainability and Health Radiant Cordero, Chair Brandon J.C. Elefante, Vice

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Kent urges GASB to maintain strict accounting standards for governments

The Grassroot Institute submitted testimony in February to the private Government Accounting Standards Board, which is considering some rule changes that would make it easier for governments to ignore their long-term liabilities when crafting short-term budgets. This past Monday, April 12, 2021, Institute Executive Vice President Joe Kent met with the

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Testimony, HCR118 & HR94, relating to digital currency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 30, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission — In sum: No new taxes

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission, which every five years conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure, using standards such as equity and efficiency. The commission consists of seven members who are appointed

Read More →

Testimony, HB200, relating to the state budget

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 17, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance. ______________ To: House Committee on Finance Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair Rep. Ty J.K. Cullen, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE:

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Testimony, SCR4 & SR4 — Requesting a study of whether ‘certificate of need’ laws are necessary

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 16, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Government Operations. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations Senator Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent,

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Testimony on SB294, SD1, relating to property forfeiture

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 12, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony on SB276, relating to ‘temporary’ income tax hike on wealthy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on March 4, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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