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Testimony & Letters

Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony X 7 – Relating to taxes

This is a combination of seven separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 24 and 25, 2021 for consideration by two separate Hawaii legislative committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: SB666 SD1 — RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M.

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Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ 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

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to taxes

This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 10, 11, 12 to four separate committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: HB771 — RELATING TO LIQUOR House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice

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Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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GASB urged to reject proposals that would normalize misleading government accounting practices

The following was submitted by the Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Feb. 10, 2021, regarding two proposals that would interfere with public oversight and understanding of a state’s true financial situation.  Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector

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Testimony — SB1, relating to ALOHA homes

Photo by Charley Myers The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on on Feb. 26, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Senator Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair Senator Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair

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Testimony X 7 – Relating to taxes

This is a combination of seven separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 24 and 25, 2021 for consideration by two separate Hawaii legislative committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: SB666 SD1 — RELATING TO ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means Sen. Donovan M.

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Testimony — SB348, relating to bottled water

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair Sen. Stanley Chang, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent Executive Vice

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council on Feb. 19, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Alice Lee, Chair Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive vice president Grassroot Institute of Hawaii RE: A proposed

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Testimony — SB134 SD1, relating to emergency powers, Part 2

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary on Feb. 24, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Judiciary Senator Karl Rhoads, Chair Senator Jarrett Keohokalole, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Executive Vice President RE: SB134

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Testimony — HB224 HD1, on exemptions to Hawaii’s medical CON laws, 2

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Finance on Feb. 23, 2021. ______________ 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

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Kent to Maui Council: ‘This is increasing hurdles to housing’

The video below features Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, presenting testimony on Feb. 19, 2021, to the Maui County Council regarding a proposal to increase the county’s affordable housing requirement from 50% to 75%. His message, basically, was that “the policy intended to generate

Read More →

Testimony X 4 — Relating to taxes

This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 10, 11, 12 to four separate committees considering tax proposals. ___________ RE: HB771 — RELATING TO LIQUOR House Committee on Consumer Protection & Commerce Rep. Aaron Ling Johanson, Chair Rep. Lisa Kitagawa, Vice

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Testimony — HB103 HD1, relating to emergency powers

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs on Feb. 11, 2021. ______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Scott Z. Matayoshi, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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GASB urged to reject proposals that would normalize misleading government accounting practices

The following was submitted by the Joe Kent, executive vice president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, to the Governmental Accounting Standards Board on Feb. 10, 2021, regarding two proposals that would interfere with public oversight and understanding of a state’s true financial situation.  Established in 1984, the GASB is the independent, private-sector

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