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Thursday, April 2, 2020
Mayor Kim Suspends Plastic Bag Ban to Stop Spread of COVID-19
By News Release @ 2:07 AM :: 1569 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, COVID-19

...to discourage the introduction of germs or the virus into stores that could be present on personal reusable bags....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
Maui Companies to Begin Assembling Ventilators
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1264 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, COVID-19

...The ventilators are based on an emergency design developed at the University of Texas at Austin, which is being used nationwide....

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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lead. Grant relief. Don’t take more. Please.
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1170 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Now’s Not The Time To Raise Taxes And Fees....

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Saturday, March 28, 2020
The Agony of Restaurant Workers
By UHERO @ 6:23 PM :: 986 Views :: Small Business

...social distancing has significant economic impacts....

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Friday, March 27, 2020
Is Seattle a warning against Hawaii raising its minimum wage?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:08 PM :: 1201 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...with the coronavirus recession underway, raising the minimum wage is a bad idea....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
The Royal Origins Of "Police Power" Hawaii-Style: The King v. Tong Lee (1880)
By Robert Thomas @ 10:50 AM :: 1490 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Small Business

...the first Hawaii case which uses the term "police power"....

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Thursday, March 26, 2020
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Calls for Suspension or Delay of GE Tax
By News Release @ 3:08 AM :: 1247 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

...This measure is one of several that the Chamber is proposing to provide relief to local businesses....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Restaurant Association Petitions Ige for 'Sustainment'
By News Release @ 10:42 PM :: 845 Views :: Small Business

...This petition will be sent to Governor Ige on Thursday, March 26th....

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Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Ige Statewide 'Stay at Home' Order Thru April 30
By News Release @ 3:10 AM :: 1655 Views :: First Amendment, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...Media personnel are amongst the exempted 'Essential Businesses'....

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Monday, March 23, 2020
UPDATE--Stay Home Order Imposed: Caldwell Updates COVID Emergency Proclamation
By News Release @ 12:22 AM :: 2325 Views :: Honolulu County, Health Care, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...all individuals are ordered to stay at their place of residence startyng Mon March 23, 2020 at 430pm....

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Saturday, March 21, 2020
Shutdown? 21% of Hawaii Businesses Would Lose $10,000 per Day
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 1077 Views :: Small Business

...21% of Hawaii businesses will lose more than $10,000 a day if they stop operations....

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Friday, March 20, 2020
COVID: House Speaker 'Implores' Ige to Impose Travel Ban, Order Military Response
By News Release @ 1:18 AM :: 1461 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Military, Small Business

...The handling of this COVID-19 pandemic has been utterly chaotic and there is mass confusion among the public....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Crushed by COVID? Small Businesses Aid Application Period Extended
By Ed Case @ 1:29 AM :: 1817 Views :: Small Business

...the deadline is 4pm Wednesday March 18, 2020.  The forms are linked in this post....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Minimum Wage Hike will Worsen Corona Virus Recession
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 1522 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Tourism

...Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase....

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Monday, March 9, 2020
EPA requiring closures of 12 Big Isle cesspools
By News Release @ 11:15 PM :: 1575 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Small Business

...EPA inspectors identified multi-unit residential buildings illegally discharging wastewater into eleven cesspools in Kealakekua, Hawaii....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:51 PM :: 1287 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii collects $103 per person....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Ethics: Professional Association Tries to Take Over State Board
By News Release @ 8:35 PM :: 1528 Views :: Ethics, Health Care, Small Business

...to keep those lucrative 'continuing education' courses under the Association's control....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Raise Minimum Wage? What Hawaii Can Learn from Seattle
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 2106 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...An expert on Seattle's experience will address 2 Hawaii events....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 4261 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3018 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...if this bill passes, guess what is going to happen to your electric bill....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Dillingham Crash is Fourth Fatal Incident in Less Than a Year
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 2027 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Airplane in deadly Mokuleia crash involved in another incident 7 years ago....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Illegal Aquarium Fishers Busted Near Billionaires Row
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 2015 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...illegally stealing fish which exist for the viewing pleasure of billionaires....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
$13 Minimum Wage Passes Another Committee
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 1503 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...HB 2541 HD1 would make the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and increase the refundable food/excise tax credit. In addition, the bill would increase the minimum wage....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Animal Activists Pressure Young Brothers to Strangle Cattle Industry
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 1778 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

...said state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Kapolei-Makakilo), who introduced the measure, “This is the right thing to do!”....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HDoT Sends Eviction Notices to Dillingham Airfield Tenants
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 1704 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Small Business

...Dillingham Airfield Can be Better off Without Airports Division....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 5431 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

...These are the kind of people who make Hawaii what it is today....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Caught in Lie, Airports Division Admits it is Trying to Dump Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 2112 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...the U.S. Army got unexpected news from the DOT on Jan. 23....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Committee Releases Whistleblower Allegations of Misconduct at FAA Honolulu Office
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 1878 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released a fact sheet highlighting information the committee received from whistleblowers....

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 2241 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...FAA bosses twice denied him travel authorizations to visit the helicopter company, making it next to impossible to perform adequate FAA oversight....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Honolulu 79th Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
By Selected News Articles @ 8:56 PM :: 1840 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...STEM workers are in fierce demand and Honolulu is just not competitive....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
HB1884: Right to Repair
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 1376 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...Manufacturers of everything from tablets to toasters to tractors make it too difficult and too expensive to repair their products when they break....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Save Billionaires Row: Tourism Industry Activists Sue DLNR Over Aquarium Fishing (again)
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 AM :: 2345 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...how much will Kona Coast billionaires contribute to these 'non-profits'?....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Hawaii: Weddings Cost More Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 1715 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Couples in Hawaii spent $37,827 in 2018....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Eight Bills Behind 'Joint Economic Package'
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1554 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Measures tackle housing, childcare, wage issues highlighted in ALICE report....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1507 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...After this one-two punch, many more businesses that sell to Hawaii customers are going to find themselves with Hawaii tax obligations....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 2373 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
What Really Is a Minimum Wage?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2002 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...the reasons for an ever-increasing “living wage” have been a second tier topic of discussion....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Auditor Rips DPP--Permits Delayed due to Poor Management
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2711 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage the permitting process for timeliness...."

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Monday, December 30, 2019
The Brutality of the Museum Market
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 1724 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...On Saturday the 28th of December, a museum closed its doors for the final time....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Rep Case Calls on FAA to Tighten Regulations After Deadly Helicopter Crash
By Ed Case @ 1:30 PM :: 1549 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii has seen 18 civilian helicopter crashes in the last five years....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
November 2019 Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 1824 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...On O‘ahu, the vacation rental supply in November was 252,000 unit nights. This is a decrease of 4.4 percent from a year ago....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Hawaii: State Tax Changes for 2020
By Tax Foundation @ 2:11 AM :: 1880 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State tax hikes taking effect January 1, 2020....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 2323 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Unemployment Insurance System Ranks 28th in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 10:28 AM :: 1882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Well-designed UI tax systems emphasize greater stability and predictability....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 2497 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum Sues Airports Division to Block Eviction, Destruction of US Navy-owned Planes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 2499 Views :: Ethics, Military, Small Business

...the museum did quite a bit more work at Kaleloa Airport than just display airplanes....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2298 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ranking Property Taxes on the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 11:53 PM :: 2056 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the property tax component of the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Maui on $10K per day: New Vacation Rental Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 1855 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...a civil fine of $20,000 plus $10,000 per day for each day the unlawful operation persists....

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Public Hearing: Unlimited Right for DoH to Stall Permits
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 2473 Views :: Energy, Environment, Military, Small Business

... The proposed amendment removes the limitation on the amount of time the department has to take action on a complete application for an Underground Storage Tank (UST) system permit and removes the automatic approval of a permit when that time limit is exceeded ....

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