Constitutional Amendment Question to Allow Investment Property to Be Taxed for Education Struck Down by the Supreme Court

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It is a good thing that the Hawaii State Supreme Court struck down the Constitutional Amendment question that would have allowed the Hawaii State Legislature to tax “investment properties” for the sake of government (public) education schools.

There are a ton of reasons why I am opposed to this and you can read them in my recent Facebook post on this issue (linked at the end of this post).

The following is a link to the bill itself: SB 2922 Hawaii State Legislature 2018

The following is a press release from the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii announcing the ruling from the Supreme Court:

HONOLULU, Oct. 19, 2018 >> The Hawaii Supreme Court today struck down the proposed constitutional ballot question on whether the state should be allowed to tax real property to help fund public education.

Keli’i Akina, president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, said, “The fact that the Hawaii Supreme Court invalidated the proposed amendment is good news for all Hawaii citizens who value clarity in law and responsibility in government.”

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii was a party to an amicus brief filed in support of Hawaii’s four counties, who were the plaintiffs in the legal challenge.

“We joined the amicus brief because we felt the language of the proposed amendment was vague and deceptive,” Akina said. “We hope the Legislature will take this opportunity to look at other, more sustainable ways to fund education without raising taxes.”

To read a copy of the decision, go here.

For more information or to arrange an interview with Keli‘i Akina, Ph.D., contact Josh Mason, Grassroot Institute of Hawaii communications director, at (918) 261-8444or

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and educational institution devoted to the ideals of individual liberty, economic freedom and accountable government.

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