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Testimony & Letters

Testimony: Kent expands on Maui housing bill flaws

The following is Joe Kent’s oral testimony before the Maui County Council on July 18, 2022, regarding Bill 107 (CD1). According the measure, it would establish “a new method of determining the sales price of an affordable dwelling unit to include the total housing costs associated with home ownership such

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Testimony: ‘Deliberative process’ loophole would encourage secrecy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 21, 2022, by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. _______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair       Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice

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Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, 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

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Testimony: SB2695 SD2 HD1 a needless delay tactic for cryptocurrency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 4, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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Testimony: Kent expands on Maui housing bill flaws

The following is Joe Kent’s oral testimony before the Maui County Council on July 18, 2022, regarding Bill 107 (CD1). According the measure, it would establish “a new method of determining the sales price of an affordable dwelling unit to include the total housing costs associated with home ownership such

Read More →

Testimony: ‘Deliberative process’ loophole would encourage secrecy

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 21, 2022, by the House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs. _______________ To: House Committee on Judiciary and Hawaiian Affairs       Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair       Rep. Scot Z. Matayoshi, Vice

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Here’s one thing we keep saying in our testimonies on housing

Photo by Charley Myers Research showing the need to liberalize Hawaii’s land-use and zoning laws is out there for all to see, and more is forthcoming The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has testified on many housing and land-use bills this year, and the 2022 legislative session is not over. One thing we did

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Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, 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

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Testimony: SB2695 SD2 HD1 a needless delay tactic for cryptocurrency

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 4, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair  From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii  

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Testimony: Kudos to Maui County resolution seeking Jones Act waiver

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 1, 2022, by the Maui County Council. _______________ To: Maui County Council       Alice Lee, Chair       Keani Rawlins-Fernandez, Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii             Ted

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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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