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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Maui Planning Department Finalizes Short-Term Occupancy List
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 5052 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...The list can be used by the public, property owners, realtors and the County for a quick determination about whether short-term occupancy – defined by the county as fewer than 180 days – is allowed without a permit....

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Tuesday, June 26, 2018
Volcano? What Volcano? Hawaii Hotel Occupancy Up 1.5% for May
By News Release @ 3:33 PM :: 2847 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The survey generally excludes properties with under 20 lodging units, such as small bed and breakfasts, youth hostels, single-family vacation rentals, cottages, individually rented vacation condominiums....

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Saturday, June 23, 2018
Akina: Caldwell makes right call on ride-hailing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:33 PM :: 3101 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...On Thursday, he introduced a bill that would even the playing field for taxis, to help bring their business model into the 21st century....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
Supreme Court Legalizes Internet Sales Tax--And Hawaii May Get Nothing
By Selected News Articles @ 6:15 PM :: 6436 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...despite Hawaii’s new e-commerce law in anticipation of the court ruling, local tax attorneys caution the state could still face legal challenges in collecting those taxes because of its unique tax structure and what now look like flaws in signed legislation....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
State Gives Away $900K to Manufacturers
By News Release @ 1:46 PM :: 3313 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...Give us $1.55B and we’ll create 80,000 jobs.  Promise!  —uh--just like we did last time when you gave us $2B....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Leaves a Dinosaur-Sized Economic Footprint in State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 9:48 PM :: 3822 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

...The film generated more than $31 million in local economic activity and contributed more than $6.9 million in wages to over 1,200 local workers....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Caldwell: Loosen Taxi Regs for Everybody
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 3329 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Caldwell said at a news conference that rather than require ride-hailing drivers to abide by long-held taxi rules, cabbies should be freed from their constraints and allowed to operate like their Uber and Lyft counterparts....

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Monday, June 18, 2018
New Campaign Highlights 680 Beer Distribution Jobs in Hawaii
By News Release @ 5:24 PM :: 2756 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...National Beer Wholesalers Association launches 'Delivering Local Jobs'; Tells story of independent beer distributors in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 17, 2018
Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card -- Hawaii Stuck on 'F'
By News Release @ 2:09 AM :: 3976 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The 2018 Manufacturing & Logistics Report Card shows how each state ranks among its peers in several categories that are of particular interest to site selection experts for the manufacturing and logistics industries....

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Friday, June 8, 2018
'Surge pricing' ban will hurt Honolulu consumers
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 2982 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii urges Mayor Caldwell to reject the City Council measure....

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Thursday, June 7, 2018
Hawaii #3 in Sin Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 4:09 PM :: 3571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State of Hawaii is the senior partner in the sin business....

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Saturday, June 2, 2018
2017: Google Generates $171M of Economic Activity in Hawaii
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 3788 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The value of Google Search and AdWords for businesses is the profit they receive from clicks on search results and ads minus their cost of advertising, estimated as $8 profit for every $1 spent....

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Friday, June 1, 2018
$0.15 Bag Tax Hits Oahu Starting July 1
By News Release @ 10:18 PM :: 7336 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

...Caldwell in 2017, amended the plastic bag ban ordinance to require businesses to charge a minimum 15 cent fee per bag starting July 1, 2018....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Discovering Hidden Hawaii Tours to Pay $570,000 To Settle EEOC Male-On-Male Sexual Harassment Suit
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 4701 Views :: Ethics, Family, Labor, Small Business

...Company President Sexually Harassed Male Employees for More Than a Decade, Federal Agency Says....

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Sunday, May 27, 2018
We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3361 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...HB 2416 applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property....

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Thursday, May 24, 2018
Fisheries Management: UH Identifies Next Targets
By News Release @ 6:13 PM :: 2972 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...In their computer model, the research team simulated the effect of removing fishing pressure....

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018
S. 2155: Checks to Clear Faster in Am Samoa, NMI
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 2763 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Small Business

...the provision reduces the lengthy 30-day hold on checks and puts the islands on equal footing with the states where the hold rarely exceeds 5 business days....

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Friday, May 18, 2018
Can Uber Stay in Honolulu?
By Video @ 12:28 AM :: 3379 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... "The Infamous" Bill 35 and it's effects on Hawaii's local population as well as tourists ....

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Thursday, May 17, 2018
Caldwell: LimeBike will be Cool When it Properly Greases the Haunches of Power
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 5049 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

...Government Moves Quickly When Politicos Don’t Get a Cut of New Business....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Ninth Circuit’s Equal Pay Decision Requires Hawaii Employers to Reexamine Pay Structures
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 AM :: 2893 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...In the case, Rizo v. Yovino, the court determined that the EPA bars employers from relying on past wage or salary history as a justification for pay disparities....

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Friday, May 11, 2018
Inflation Making Minimum Wage Irrelevant
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:54 PM :: 2779 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year....

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Thursday, May 10, 2018
Court Orders Hawaiian Shallow-set Longline Fishery to Close
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 2860 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...enviros continue to obstruct all non-tourism activities in and around Hawaii....

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Saturday, May 5, 2018
Feds Approve Hawaii Air Ambulance deal
By News Release @ 11:20 AM :: 2786 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...FTC Approves Final Order Imposing Conditions on Merger of Air Medical Group Holdings, Inc. and AMR Holdco, Inc....

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Monday, April 30, 2018
Honolulu, Pearl City Among Worst Places to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 2745 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Pearl City ranks 178th--5th highest--for Labor Costs....

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Friday, April 27, 2018
American Samoa Cabotage Legislation to Promote Reliable Air Service
By News Release @ 5:57 PM :: 5056 Views :: National News, Jones Act, Small Business, Tourism

...This solution has passed the House before, but not yet in the Senate; however, this time the provision is included in a major bill to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration....

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
Honolulu: Highest Paid Realtors in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 2912 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Highest Median Annual Wage for Real Estate Agents–Honolulu and Pearl City tied for #1....

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Saturday, April 21, 2018
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for House Flippers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:11 PM :: 4741 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Hawaii has the seventh-smallest average gross ROI in flips at less than 30 percent. Plus, its median home list price of over $900,000, the highest nationwide, ties up a lot of your capital at a time....

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Which Hawaii Town is Best Place to Start a Business?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:38 PM :: 3320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Waipahu, Pearl City and Kaneohe are the worst ....

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Thursday, April 12, 2018
Does Your State Tax Manufacturing Machinery?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:38 PM :: 3214 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the sales tax bases in Hawaii, New Mexico, and South Dakota are incredibly broad, so it’s not surprising that they would tax these types of transactions....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Hawaii occupational licensing laws 'headed in wrong direction'
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 PM :: 3387 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Grassroot Institute president urges removal of barriers to economic mobility....

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018
HTDC Report: After Billions in Tax Credits, Hawaii Tech Sector Still Minuscule
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 3605 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...After all the billions we gave them, HTDC's pet 'High Tech' tax credit recipents claim a paltry $61.27M in revenues for 2017....

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Monday, April 9, 2018
EA Debunks Hysteria: Aquarium Fishery has 'No Significant Impact'
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 3342 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...maybe now attention can be focused on more important issues such as the recent spate of deaths caused by snorkel rentals....

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Friday, April 6, 2018
Mandatory paid sick leave wrong medicine for Hawaii economy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:16 PM :: 3370 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...There are currently three different bills still alive that would require local companies to give all employees paid sick leaves: HB 1727, HB 2598 and SB 2990 ....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Obama Marine Monuments Legal? Court to Decide
By Selected News Articles @ 6:50 PM :: 3885 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Obama

...They argue the sea is not “land owned or controlled by the Federal government and thus not within the president’s proclaiming authority.”....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 4530 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business, Cost of Living

...but has the 5th-least punative Medical Board....

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Friday, March 16, 2018
Hawaii Legislative Session: Victories and Challenges for Small Business
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 3176 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...from National Federation of Independent Business-Hawaii....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 4934 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base with Fake Issue: Hawaii Sues FCC over Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 3892 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...politicians striking a fashionable pose against corporations and business, fearmongering by special interest groups with an agenda....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 5998 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 3870 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
2018 Employment Bills Introduced
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 3140 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Want to know what labor and employment bills will be considered during this year’s legislative session?....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
Minimum Wage: Good intentions don’t always equal good policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:38 PM :: 3212 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...SB2291 would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii to $15 an hour by 2020....

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Friday, February 9, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 4465 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2018
50-State Corporate Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2018
By Tax Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 4694 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Forty-four states levy a corporate income tax. Rates range from 3 percent in North Carolina to 12 percent in Iowa....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2018
Ige Asks Legislators to 'Governmentize' Services
By Joe Kent @ 4:11 AM :: 3759 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...HB 2368 and SB 2795 would begin replacing private contractors with civil service employees....

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Friday, February 2, 2018
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Introduces Legislative Package
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 4304 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Bill to address Adams v. CDM court ruling (HB2201/SB2993)....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 5212 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wage floor great for robots
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 3083 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...it’s not a living wage if you’ve been replaced by a robot....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 4125 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
SB2003: Hawaii Senate urged to drop ornamental fish ban
By News Release @ 12:23 PM :: 3715 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Senate Bill 2003, which is being heard by the Senate Land & Water Committee on Friday, bans the issue of all new aquarium fishing licenses....

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