fbpx

Testimony & Letters

Testimony: Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog

The following oral testimony was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. To see Kent’s the

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

Read More →

Testimony: ‘Konno’ exceptions could help Hawaii County better deliver public services

The written testimony below was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Jonathan Helton, policy researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. Also during the commission’s

Read More →

Hill adds oral comments about potential loophole to state open-records law

The following are comments presented Oct. 4, 2022, by Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the SR192 Working Group, which is considering a proposal that would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into Hawaii’s open-records law. A transcript is included. To see the complete written testimony,

Read More →

Letter to President Biden: Grant Jones Act waiver to Puerto Rico

Sept. 27, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s destruction, and on behalf of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, I ask that you grant Puerto Rico a

Read More →

Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

Read More →

Testimony: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept. 7, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. _____________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair  From: Ted Kefalas             Director

Read More →

Maui housing bill recommitted after institute gives testimony

Testimony from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii helped convince members of the Maui County Council this week that a bill to impose a form of price fixing on new affordable housing projects should be reconsidered. Joe Kent, institute executive vice president, submitted written testimony regarding Bill 107 last Friday, then delivered oral testimony via

Read More →

Testimony: Hawaii County could use ‘Konno’ exceptions to address permit backlog

The following oral testimony was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. To see Kent’s the

Read More →

Testimony: By-right approvals could lower the cost of housing

To: Maui County Council Affordable Housing Committee       Gabe Johnson, Chair       Michael Molina, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: ESTABLISHING DESIGN STANDARDS FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROJECTS LESS THAN 150 UNITS SO PROJECTS

Read More →

Testimony: ‘Konno’ exceptions could help Hawaii County better deliver public services

The written testimony below was presented Oct. 27, 2022, by Jonathan Helton, policy researcher for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, for consideration by the Hawaii County Cost of Government Commission. The testimony concerned the commission’s October 2022 report, which made recommendations on how to improve county government operations. Also during the commission’s

Read More →

Hill adds oral comments about potential loophole to state open-records law

The following are comments presented Oct. 4, 2022, by Malia Hill, policy director of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the SR192 Working Group, which is considering a proposal that would incorporate a “deliberative process privilege” into Hawaii’s open-records law. A transcript is included. To see the complete written testimony,

Read More →

Letter to President Biden: Grant Jones Act waiver to Puerto Rico

Sept. 27, 2022 The Honorable Joseph R. Biden President of the United States The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20500 Dear Mr. President: In the wake of Hurricane Fiona’s destruction, and on behalf of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, I ask that you grant Puerto Rico a

Read More →

Testimony: Bill 10 could help add Oahu housing

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept 26, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. ______________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair        Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair From: Ted Kefalas        

Read More →

Testimony: Don’t limit new multi-unit housing to just TOD areas

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Sept. 7, 2022, by the Honolulu City Council. _____________ To: Honolulu City Council       Tommy Waters, Chair       Esther Kia‘aina, Vice Chair  From: Ted Kefalas             Director

Read More →

Maui housing bill recommitted after institute gives testimony

Testimony from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii helped convince members of the Maui County Council this week that a bill to impose a form of price fixing on new affordable housing projects should be reconsidered. Joe Kent, institute executive vice president, submitted written testimony regarding Bill 107 last Friday, then delivered oral testimony via

Read More →

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.

Add your name by signing below!