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Thursday, January 25, 2018
New bills could make life difficult for Hawaii vapers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 AM :: 3597 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Last Friday, Hawaii’s state senate introduced a bill that threatens to make it much harder to open a new vape shop. Now it’s emerged that another bill put forward at the same time could ban all online sales of vapor products....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
EPA Shuts 19 Illegal Cesspools, $500K Fines
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 3239 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions this year in Hawaii resulted in closures of 19 large capacity cesspools (LCC) and over $500,000 in fines....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Hawaii 2nd-Fewest Car Repair Shops per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 4212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Auto Repair Shops per Capita – 49th ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
SB2654: Tax E-Liquids, Ban Online Tobacco Purchases
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 AM :: 3853 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...adds e-liquid to the definition of “tobacco products”, which would make all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Maui Recycling Center Shut Down Due to State Non-Payment
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 4332 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...This closure is due to a delay in payments from the Department of Health. Once the back payments have been received, operations will resume as normal....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
State doubles fee for marine licenses
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 3584 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... whether they’re full-time fishers or “weekend warriors” ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Another Lawsuit: Chin Jumps on Net Neutrality Bandwagon
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 4038 Views :: First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin joined 22 state attorneys general today in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s 'illegal'rollback of net neutrality....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Chin Letter: Weed Plus Banking Equals Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 4334 Views :: Politicians, Small Business, Drugs

Attorney General Chin said, “Banks and other depository institutions are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to cannabis businesses....”

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Honolulu Lowest Pay for STEM Professionals in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 3522 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...and the most unaffordable housing....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Permit Purgatory--Cost of Housing on the Rise
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 3928 Views :: Republican Party, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawai'i has the longest average wait time for a building or construction permit - 17 months....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 5104 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018
HDoT Negativity: Ferry not Feasible
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 4228 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Small Business

...that which has been done can no longer be done....

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Sunday, January 7, 2018
Why save the Hawaii Aquarium Fishery?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 4345 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...We need legislation to save the fishery and all DLNR ocean issued-permit businesses....

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Friday, January 5, 2018
DLNR: West Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Permits Stopped Pending Environmental Review
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 3758 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...applying a Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling from last year to an existing DLNR rule....

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Thursday, January 4, 2018
Fishermen Settle Labor-Trafficking Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 3173 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...“We hope it becomes a model for all captains who want to do right by their immigrant crew.”....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
9th Circuit Gives Enviros New Way to Shut Down Hawaii Fishing Fleet
By Selected News Articles @ 1:31 AM :: 4351 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...It's turtles this time....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Payday Lending: Legislature to Consider New Regulations?
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 2422 Views :: Small Business

...Hawai‘i legalized payday lending in 1999 as a way to regulate the check cashing business.... 

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 3379 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Trump: Major Changes in Management of Federal Monuments
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 4069 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...Interior will make sure local voices are not drowned out by “large, well-funded NGOs and special interests”....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 3319 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 5131 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Will Legislators Block Shutdown of All Ocean Users?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 3580 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Thanks to the State Supreme Court's September 6, 2017 aquarium fishing decision, all ocean users now face the same fate as aquarium fishers--shut down awaiting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Reason: Why Does Hawaii Hate American Workers?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 2898 Views :: Small Business

...In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one of many occupations under the thumbs of state regulators....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 5563 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hawaii Professionals -- more licensing, fewer requirements
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3319 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Institute for Justice finds Hawaii to be ‘most burdensome’ in USA due to the large number of professions requiring licensure.   In contrast, the Wisconsin study finds Hawaii to be the 'least burdensome' based on an analysis of 10 specific professions and the requirements to attain license in each....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 3639 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 3594 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...to enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Fake Data Behind Coral Bleaching Report
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 6403 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...in the early 1900s Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other pelagic fish, were reported in the commercial reef fish data. Then they separated the pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 4597 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
What Can Hawaii Learn From Google
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 3070 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Kelii Akina and Ray Tsuchiyama discuss applying the lessons of Google to the future of Hawaii....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
AG Chin: Constitution Dictates Mandatory Gay Cakes
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 3750 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Karma: Supreme Court Aquarium Ruling may apply to Dive Tour Operators
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 5316 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The Supreme Court Ruling will have far reaching impacts on all ocean permits issued by DLNR....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Should Surfrider be Licensed to Pass Out Property Tax Exemptions?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5570 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Recently, the Honolulu City Council approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.”...

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 5084 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Corporate Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 14th
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 4283 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii dropped from 11th for 2017 to 14th for 2018....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
F is for Fail: 2017 Honolulu Small Business Friendliness
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 3565 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu Rates F but the State overall rates C-....

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Business Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 27th
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 4118 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State Business Tax Climate Index is a measure of how well states structure their tax systems....

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Recent Federal Court Ruling Affects Hawaii Tip Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 9:58 PM :: 3951 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...the 9th Circuit Court’s Marsh v. J. Alexander LLC decision makes life much easier for employers with tipped employees in Hawaii....

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Harbors Division Soaking the Taxpayer – Again and Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4379 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business

...the Harbors Division isn’t satisfied with three years of triple-digit increases....

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
DLNR wants to triple fees for commercial marine licenses
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 3535 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations....

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Am Samoa: Feds Settle with StarKist
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 3669 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...StarKist will pay a $6.3 million penalty and provide emergency response equipment to the American Samoa Department of Public Safety, Fire Services Bureau....

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Hawaii Weed Stores to Go Cashless Oct 1 (sort of)
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 5854 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Drugs

...Cash Transaction Will Continue under New ‘Cashless’ System....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 4243 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...in FY 2015, the corporate income tax only comprised 5.3 percent of state tax collections....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
BLNR Approves Boating Rule Changes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 4228 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Small Business

...The rule changes cover a spectrum of boating and ocean recreation uses, such as: commercial use and parking permits and fees; commercial marine operations and tours....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Supreme Court: Aquarium Fisheries Sacrificed on Altar of Tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 5056 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The purpose of the Supreme Court is to give the enviros whatever they ask for.  Why?  Because the enviros are agents of the State’s #1 industry—tourism and land development....

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Monday, September 4, 2017
Hawaii Small Business in Facts and Figures
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 3468 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The state's economic engine starts on Main Street....

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Monday, September 4, 2017
Honolulu Republicans: On Labor Day Celebrate Entrepreneurship
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:00 PM :: 3478 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...We hope you take a moment and reflect on how much America’s entrepreneurial spirit and free market economy have enabled us to prosper and enjoy a standard of living unrivalled in history....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Bill Before Congress: Claim--Hawaii Allows 'horrific legal market' in Dog Meat
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 7561 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"...An undercover investigation for EnviroWatch highlighted the brutality of dog meat farms in Hawaii...."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Interior Dep't Sends Trump Recommendations on National Monuments
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 4342 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review as a result of the April 26, 2017 executive order....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Kona DLNR Harassment: Judge Throws Case out on Technicality
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 4543 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

...Judge Fujino dismissed the case because plaintiffs cannot file suit directly in the circuit court challenging the application of a rule....

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