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Testimony & Letters

Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

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Testimony: Hawaii taxpayers deserve big portion of budget surplus

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 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: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony: Extending cryptocurrency “sandbox” seems best option for now

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair    

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Testimony: New language sabotages land-use bill

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committees on Water and Land and Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land       Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran,

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Testimony: SB2922 SD2 shows promise for helping ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Testimony: Counties need more incentive to reduce housing regulations

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Government Operations and Housing. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair

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Testimony: Hawaii taxpayers deserve big portion of budget surplus

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 31, 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: Creating open-records loophole would be a mistake

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 23, 2022, by the House Committee on Government Reform. _______________ To: House Committee on Government Reform       Rep. Angus L.K. McKelvey, Chair       Rep. Tina Wildberger, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of

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Testimony: Open-records exemption would open Pandora’s box

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 24, 2022, by the Senate Committee on Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Government Operations       Sen. Sharon Y. Moriwaki, Chair       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Vice Chair From: Grassroot

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Testimony: Extending cryptocurrency “sandbox” seems best option for now

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the Senate Committees on Commerce and Consumer Protection and Energy, Economic Development, and Tourism. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection       Sen. Rosalyn H. Baker, Chair    

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Testimony: New language sabotages land-use bill

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 22, 2022, by the House Committees on Water and Land and Government Operations. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Water and Land       Sen. Lorraine R. Inouye, Chair       Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran,

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Testimony: SB2922 SD2 shows promise for helping ease housing shortage

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 17, 2022, by the House Committee on Housing. _______________ To: House Committee on Housing       Rep. Nadine K. Nakamura, Chair       Rep Troy N. Hashimoto, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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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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