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ThinkTech Hawaii: Changes Needed for DHHL to Spend 600M (Talking Tax)

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Legislative Bills Addressing Bottlenecks. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika.

Last year’s Legislature approved $600 million to our Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to reduce the monstrous waiting list of Hawaiians waiting for homestead lands. The catch, however, is that DHHL needs to spend the money, or enter into a contract to spend it, by June 30, 2025. Otherwise, the money goes back to the general fund.

On December 6, 2022, DHHL published a strategic plan to accomplish this lofty goal. In that plan, it noted that Act 279, SLH 2022, the legislative act appropriating the money, also required the agency to submit to the legislature by December 10th any proposed legislation that the agency considered necessary or desirable.

The legislative proposals, although they may be thought of as a wish list, seem to take direct aim at several key items that impede housing development today.

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