Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Entries for 'Tom Yamachika'

Sunday, November 27, 2022
No, Boosting the Affordable Housing Fund Isn’t the Answer
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 470 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

"... it is essentially a budgeting gimmick ...."

Read More..
Sunday, November 20, 2022
Cleaning House at OHA
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1567 Views :: Ethics, OHA

... One thing we all need to remember is how we got to this point ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 13, 2022
Getting Permitting Out of Home Maintenance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 874 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

... a typical residential building permit application took 108 days to process, while one for a commercial project took 432 days ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 6, 2022
The Empty Homes Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 881 Views :: Development, Taxes, Tourism

... The idea seems to be gaining steam now since our federal court has struck down Honolulu’s recent ordinance clamping down on transient vacation rentals ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 30, 2022
“Dedicated Funding Source”?  Nah
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 641 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... the “dedication” of the funding source is often porous ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 23, 2022
Yes, People Move Because of Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 944 Views :: Taxes

... we gained a few high-income individuals but lost more of those folks scraping to make ends meet ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 16, 2022
State Financial Condition Still Dismal
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 736 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics

... $37,000 of shortfall per taxpayer ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 9, 2022
Love-Hate Relationship with P3
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 748 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government

... The most recent and visible example is our iconic Aloha Stadium .... 

Read More..
Sunday, October 2, 2022
Three Years to Spend $600 Million
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 832 Views :: DHHL, Development

... On June 30, 2025, any of this money not contractually committed will drop back into our state general fund ....

Read More..
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Road Usage Charge Versus Carbon Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 8:16 PM :: 767 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... Hawaii Department of Transportation has been studying implementation of a Road Usage Charge ....

Read More..
Sunday, September 25, 2022
Our Kids Are Going Away
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 840 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Not considering charter schools, enrollment dropped from 168,152 in 2018-19 to 156,518 in 2022-23, and it is projected to decrease further to 148,096 by 2027-28 ....

Read More..
Sunday, September 18, 2022
​Rolling With a Road Usage Charge
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1188 Views :: Taxes

... support grew when rental cars are charged a higher rate than residents ....

Read More..
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Blame for the Housing Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 808 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... the average time to process a residential building permit application was 108 days, while a commercial project took 432 days ....

Read More..
Sunday, September 4, 2022
No. 1 In the World – In Tourist Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2639 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... Honolulu is 75% higher in taxes than the second most tourist-taxed city in the world ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 28, 2022
Dept. of Education Welcomes Two New $190K Hires
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1209 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

... in excess of $579,000 once fringe benefits are factored in ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Can We Sack the GET?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1028 Views :: Taxes

... Why don’t we just get rid of it? ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 14, 2022
A GE Tax Exemption for Food
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:39 AM :: 1039 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... The three Democratic candidates for governor all support it ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Addressing the Tax Crisis in Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 992 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... According to the Hawaii Physician Shortage Crisis Task Force, taxes are one of the reason for the shortage ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 31, 2022
We Need an Emergency Declaration for Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 886 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... with the current licensing requirements in place the workers won’t be able to work here until they get through a bunch of bureaucratic red tape.  The state of emergency could be used to bypass the licensing requirements ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 24, 2022
With Long COVID Comes Long Emergency Powers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 925 Views :: COVID-19

... In a case named For Our Rights vs. Ige, the Intermediate Court of Appeals held that there was nothing wrong with what the Administration did ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 17, 2022
It’s Tourism, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1060 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... folks who seem to rank high on the milking list:  tourists....

Read More..
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Can the State Tax Itself?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1128 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

... Tax Department wanted get a piece of the UH research grants ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 3, 2022
It’s the Economy, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 953 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... “2022’s Best and Worst State Economies.”  In that site, our humble little state had lots of reasons to be humble, coming in at a bottom-scraping 48th ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Maui No Ka $$
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 984 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County proposes to spend more than One Billion Dollars in this fiscal year, a 26% increase over last fiscal year ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 19, 2022
We’ve Got Bills – Lots of Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... how Hawaii compares on the ten most common household bills ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 12, 2022
General Excise Tax on Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 982 Views :: Taxes

... Whether it be a bake sale, benefit dinner, or a silent auction, any income from an activity the primary purpose for which is raising money is GET taxable ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 5, 2022
The Kansas Experiment:  Ten Years Later
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 889 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... It would have increased the state sales tax and would have eliminated many tax credits and deductions.  The legislature, predictably, tossed out these offsets ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Transit History
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 909 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

... Fat chance of the Feds giving us that much now ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 22, 2022
If You Think Gas Prices Are Bad…
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1118 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there are a lot of different taxes that go into the price at the pump ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1179 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 762 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Now the important deadlines are June 27, 2022, when the Governor needs to give notice of intent to veto a bill, and July 12, 2022, which is the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto any bills ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 1, 2022
To GET or Not to GET – SVOG and RRF Are the Questions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1214 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

“The general rule is that amounts received by a business that replace income are subject to GET."

Read More..
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Stealth Taxes in 2022
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1419 Views :: Taxes

... Lawmakers can be very crafty and propose things that don’t look like taxes ....

Read More..
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Once Upon a Rebate
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1016 Views :: Tax Credits

... Governor Dorothy’s two bills died in the Legislature ....

Read More..
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1342 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

Read More..
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
The Great Earned Income Tax Credit Hunt
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:30 PM :: 1617 Views :: Tax Credits

... DoTax hides the EITC application form so you can't apply for the credit ....

Read More..
Sunday, April 3, 2022
A Tax Game-Changer for Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1274 Views :: Taxes

... some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1361 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Non-Ad Valorem Property Tax Financing
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1012 Views :: Taxes

... HB 2088, creates a program where you could go to a lender, borrow money to make home improvements, and then repay the loan with payments that are added to your property tax bill ....

Read More..
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Halftime at the Legislature--What's Hot, and Not, in Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:56 AM :: 882 Views :: Taxes

... Some that are likely to get resurrected or with their content inserted into another vehicle ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Launching an Annual Attack on the Wealthy
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1684 Views :: Taxes

... “wealth tax” in Senate Bill 3182 ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Blockbusters Buried in “Tax Administration”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 888 Views :: Taxes

... late filing penalties, which are now 5% a month but are capped at 25%, can go to 75% ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1178 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 13, 2022
DHHL, Spend Your Money!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1366 Views :: DHHL

... It’s 2022, and the agency is still working on 2014 and 2015 money ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Tax Hikes Still on the Table
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1542 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallet ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 30, 2022
The Future of Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1655 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Want to pass one of these bills?  Go ahead, make my day! ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2257 Views :: Taxes

... Their recommendation:  “Tax pension and other retirement income...."

Read More..
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3047 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

Read More..
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 1380 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The 2022 Legislative Briefings will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays from 7:30 am- 8:30 am ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 9, 2022
TANF Hoarding
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1630 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...  So what have we done with the federal TANF money?  We’ve let it pile up unused ....

Read More..
Page 1 of 10First   Previous   [1]  2  3  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next   Last   
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

808 Silent Majority

ACA Signups Hawaii

Alliance Defending Freedom

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

American Council of Trustees and Alumni

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Astronomy Hawaii

Back da Blue Hawaii

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Better Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

ChinaTownWatch.com

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii Coalition Against Legalized Gambling

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Credit Union Watch

Hawaii Crop Improvement Association

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federalist Society

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii Future Project

Hawaii Gathering of Eagles

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Homeschool Association

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Life Alliance

Hawaii March for Life 

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Smokers Alliance

Hawaii State Data Lab

Hawaii Together

HIEC.Coop

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

Investigative Project on Terrorism

July 4 in Hawaii

Kakaako Cares

Keep Hawaii's Heroes

Land and Power in Hawaii

Legislative Committee Analysis Tool

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Malulani Foundation

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

Malama Pregnancy Center of Maui

Mauna Kea Recreational Users Group

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Military Home Educators' Network Oahu

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Christian Foundation Hawaii

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

No GMO Means No Aloha

Not Dead Yet, Hawaii

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Oahu Alternative Transport

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

OurFutureHawaii.com

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

PEACE Hawaii

People vs Machine

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

P.U.E.O.

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

ReRoute the Rail

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

Robotics Organizing Committee

Save Dillingham Airfield

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Sink the Jones Act

Statehood for Guam

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

UCC Truths

US Tax Foundation Hawaii Info

VAREP Honolulu

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii

Yes2TMT