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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Jones Act reform increasingly popular as law's effects become better known
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:12 AM :: 909 Views :: Jones Act

... Almost every day, there are articles and studies being published that illustrate why this protectionist maritime law needs to be updated ....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2024
Maui Council updates county’s ‘circuit breaker’ home tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 AM :: 173 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

“...Increasing the maximum value of the credit is a good idea because it would offset some of the effects of increased assessments...."

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Friday, June 14, 2024
‘If you are paying into the income tax, you are going to feel this cut’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:53 AM :: 475 Views :: Development, Taxes

... a household making the median income in Hawaii of around $91,000 that currently owes about $5,300 in income taxes will incrementally see that amount owed go down to $1,600 by 2031 ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Hawaii County Council follows through on proposal to cut homeowner taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 PM :: 456 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Maui County, Development, Taxes

... Despite the bill's timidity, passage of the bill was still a welcome move .... 

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 432 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Monday, June 3, 2024
"Historic tax relief that will lower Hawaii’s high cost of living"
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:26 PM :: 2423 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Akina said HB2404 will incrementally provide Hawaii taxpayers with the biggest income tax cut in state history ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Kauai: Grassroot Legislative Wrapup
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 PM :: 710 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... It was mostly a good year for Hawaii at the 2024 Legislature, and policy experts from Grassroot will explain how that came to be ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 846 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 841 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
Bills that will ‘truly help the people of Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 783 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... huge wins in the areas of taxes, healthcare and housing reform ....

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Saturday, May 25, 2024
HB2404 Tax Cut 'the biggest news of the season'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 645 Views :: Taxes

... HB2404 will lower the state income tax burden for average families by almost 70% by 2031 and save taxpayers roughly $5 billion during that same period ....

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Thursday, May 23, 2024
Jones Act beneficiaries schizophrenic about China
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:43 PM :: 854 Views :: Jones Act

... Carriers such as Matson and Pasha say the Jones Act is a “line of defense” against China, yet are happy to do business with China when it suits them ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Plan to ban thousands of TVRs on Maui has rocky road ahead
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2234 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Tourism

... The plan will have its first hearing on June 25 before the Maui Planning Commission ....

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Saturday, May 18, 2024
Honolulu cuts budget by $40M; Grassroot says ‘keep going’
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 933 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Most of the targeted savings would come from the operating budget of the city’s Department of Information Technology ....

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Guam Congressional candidates united for Jones Act reform
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:52 PM :: 994 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act

"What would you do to rescind or revise the Jones Act?”

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Friday, May 17, 2024
Tupola Proposal Lowest TVR Property Taxes for 2025
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:16 AM :: 1089 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Resolution 24-61 would set the property tax rates for fiscal year 2025 ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Tax cut great. Now let’s cut regulations.
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:31 PM :: 955 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there is still plenty of work to be done to reduce the cost of living in Hawaii ....

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Thursday, May 16, 2024
Akina lauds Legislature’s Lahaina-response spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 1012 Views :: Maui County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... legislators earmark $1 billion to cover costs such as emergency housing and rental assistance ....

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Friday, May 10, 2024
Fairness one reason to expand GET break for medical services
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:29 AM :: 1136 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... nonprofit hospitals are exempt from the GET, but small physician practices and clinics are not ....

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong way to rebuild Lahaina
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:53 PM :: 1378 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... rate would increase by 82% for B&Bs worth $3 million or more ....

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Monday, May 6, 2024
Let People Make Mistakes
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 PM :: 1240 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

... harm to society is minimized if individuals are responsible for the own actions ....

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Sunday, May 5, 2024
How Did it Happen? Legislature passes historic bills on taxation, housing and healthcare
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:31 PM :: 1641 Views :: Development, Health Care, Taxes

... Get inside scoop at upcoming events on how good bills managed to prevail ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
Bill 85: Update Maui’s ‘circuit breaker’ property tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:16 AM :: 1237 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

... Maui’s circuit breaker offers relief to people who own and live in their homes and have filed for property tax homeowner exemptions ....

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Monday, April 29, 2024
‘Spontaneous order’ hailed as best way for societies to thrive
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 1068 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education

... “spontaneous order” — the myriad interactions that occur among individuals who are free to make voluntary decisions ....

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Sunday, April 28, 2024
Legislature ain't over till it's over, so there's still hope for housing bill
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:07 AM :: 1205 Views :: Development

... SB3202 is in conference committee ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
CNBC report notes how Jones Act leads to higher Matson shipping prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:54 PM :: 1359 Views :: Jones Act

... Higher prices for smaller U.S.-built ships is a losing combination for captive consumers in Hawaii and throughout the nation ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill 152 pre-approved multi-family designs would speed up Hawaii Island housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:25 AM :: 890 Views :: Hawaii County , Development

... allow the Hawaii County Department of Public Works to issue pre-approved model plans for multi-family housing — as it already does for single-family dwellings ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui Property Tax Resolution Full of Blank Numbers
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 1249 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Resolution 24-78 would set property tax rates for the coming year ....

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Wednesday, April 24, 2024
Maui budget full of tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:18 PM :: 1061 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... County officials are seeking significant property tax increases while doing virtually nothing to cut spending or spend wisely ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Property tax hikes wrong medicine for Maui woes
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:24 PM :: 1178 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Tax hikes would burden average Maui homeowners the most ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 1285 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 1081 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
​‘Blankety-blank’ bills at Legislature leave Hawaii taxpayers in the dark
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:04 PM :: 1033 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... To address the problem, Yamachika suggested that legal action might be necessary ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 1467 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 1297 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 1987 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Will Hawaii ever have a ‘Taxpayer Bill of Rights’?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 1103 Views :: Taxes

... TABOR, a constitutional amendment approved by Colorado voters in 1992, limits the growth of government by limiting tax increases ....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
Road to rebuilding Lahaina paved with obstructions
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:40 PM :: 1399 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

... regulations and objections by various special interests ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
Crucial housing, healthcare bills still very much alive at Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 PM :: 1479 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... The bills would enable starter homes, widen mixed-use housing, attract nurses to Hawaii and exempt doctors from the state GET ....

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Saturday, March 30, 2024
The impressive journey of ‘Jonathan Gullible’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1462 Views :: Education K-12

“The Adventures of Jonathan Gullible: A Free Market Odyssey”

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Council resolution exemplifies why we still have housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1542 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use

... Twenty years later, we are still having the same conversations ....

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Thursday, March 28, 2024
Hawaii #1 for Jaywalking Tickets
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:03 AM :: 1500 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement

... Hawaii hands out an average of 5,000 jaywalking tickets per year, the highest per capita in the nation, but that has done virtually nothing to promote pedestrian safety ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Jones Act reform doesn’t divide neatly along political party lines
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:59 PM :: 1450 Views :: Jones Act

... Many political disagreements divide neatly along party lines, but the protectionist Jones Act isn’t one of them ....

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Sunday, March 24, 2024
Grassroot Institute Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 1486 Views :: Development, Land Use

... bills that could significantly ease Hawaii's emergency-status housing crisis ....

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Saturday, March 23, 2024
Maui, land of infernal regulations
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 1792 Views :: Maui County, Agriculture, Development

... the harsh limits on the allowable number of water fixtures per property could render density-increasing measures essentially meaningless ....

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Thursday, March 21, 2024
Allowing smaller lots and homes would benefit families, promote affordability
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:02 PM :: 1840 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... These two measures would increase our housing supply not only on Oahu but throughout all of Hawaii by allowing smaller homes on smaller lots....

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Tuesday, March 19, 2024
Roadblocks to Re-Building on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:33 PM :: 1764 Views :: Maui County, Development

... Zoning Code, Permitting and Water Rules ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1669 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
‘CPR king’ Abe Lee enables homeownership despite complicated legal framework
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1845 Views :: Development, Land Use

... state law allows homeowners to divide their ownership rights into separate “lots of record” for ownership purposes, but the County Department of Planning and Permitting will still only recognize the property as one lot ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Grassroot Institute Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 AM :: 1579 Views :: Development, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 2024 Legislature resumes session and Grassroot Institute is on the case ....

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