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Testimony & Letters

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 — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — SB1159 SD1, relating to the unemployment insurance tax

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 4, 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 From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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Testimony — HB103, relating to emergency powers

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. ______________ To: House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Chair Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ 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:

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Testimony: Bill 80 could hurt Oahu’s hotels and employees more than help

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Oct. 19, 2020, to the Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. _______________ To: Ron Menor, Chair, and Carol Fukunaga, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president RE: Bill 80 (2020) — RELATING

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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

Read More →

Testimony — SB1087, relating to EUTF prefunding

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts on Feb. 10, 2021. ______________ To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony on Maui ‘affordable housing’ proposal

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Maui County Council’s Affordable Housing Committee on Feb. 10, 2021. __________ To: Council of the County of Maui Affordable Housing Committee Gabe Johnson, Committee Chair Michael J. Molina, Committee Vice-Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe

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Testimony X 4 — Relating to housing

Photo by Charley Myers This is a combination of four separate testimonies submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Housing on Feb. 9, 2021. ___________ To: Senate Committee on Housing Sen. Stanley Chang, Chair Sen. Dru Mamo Kanuha, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony — SB1159 SD1, relating to the unemployment insurance tax

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 4, 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 From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony re: SB137 — Relating to land use

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Jan. 29, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Water and Land. _________________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness. _________________ To: House Committee on Health, Human Services, & Homelessness Rep. Ryan I. Yamane, Chair Rep. Adrian K. Tam, Vice Chair From:

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Testimony — HB103, relating to emergency powers

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness. ______________ To: House Committee on Pandemic and Disaster Preparedness Rep. Linda Ichiyama, Chair Rep. Stacelynn K.M. Eli, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony — SB294, relating to property forfeiture

The following is testimony that was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Feb. 2, 2021, for consideration by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Judiciary. _________________ 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:

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Testimony: Bill 80 could hurt Oahu’s hotels and employees more than help

This testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Oct. 19, 2020, to the Honolulu City Council’s Committee on Executive Matters and Legal Affairs. _______________ To: Ron Menor, Chair, and Carol Fukunaga, Vice Chair From: Joe Kent, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii executive vice president RE: Bill 80 (2020) — RELATING

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