Grassroot Institute ‘Celebrates’ Hawaii’s Tax Freedom Day

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Better Economy, Better Government |

Hawaii citizens have earned enough for the year’s tax bill - one day later than last year, but still better than national average HONOLULU, Hawaii—April 15, 2014—In an effort to help Hawaii’s citizens better understand the state tax burden, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is wishing them all a “Happy Tax Freedom Day” today via social media. Based on calculations by the Tax Foundation, Tax Freedom Day is the day...

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Hawaii Improves its Economic Competitiveness Ranking

Posted by on Apr 15, 2014 in Better Economy, Featured |

New report ranks Hawaii 36th in economic outlook and 17th in economic performance HONOLULU, Hawaii—April 15, 2014—Hawaii’s economic upswing has paid off in improved competitiveness and performance according to the annual Rich States, Poor States report from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). The state ranked 17th in economic performance and moved up four places to rank 36th in economic outlook. The annual...

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Extend, Then Reform

Posted by on Apr 2, 2014 in Better Economy |

By Bartlett D. Cleland Sooner or later the time comes when you just have to get the job done. Wrapping up the first quarter of the year and still Congress has not moved on the “tax extenders package.” It is well past time to do so and end another government stumbling block for taxpayers. “Tax extenders” refer to the now 55 tax breaks that will expire at the end of the year, which are usually packaged together into one piece of...

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Grassroot Testimony on Internet Taxation

Posted by on Mar 25, 2014 in Better Economy |

March 20, 2014 To: Senate Committee on Ways & Means Sen. David Y. Ige, Chair Sen. Michelle N. Kidani, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB 2135 — RELATING TO TAXATION   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii would like to offer its comments on HB 2135 , which sets forth procedures and provisions under Hawaii tax laws to implement the...

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