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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Hawaii: State of Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 1456 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... The 20th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" report evaluates states ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
How Much Drivers Pay in Taxes at the Pump in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 1230 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... On top of the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, Hawaii levies an additional excise tax of 51.7 cents - the fourth highest gas tax rate among states ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Honolulu 3rd Worst 'Sinkhole City'
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 1811 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... HONOLULU remained a Sinkhole City because it needed more than $3.9 billion, or $31,700 from each taxpayer, to pay its bills ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
$100 Refund--How About $1,361?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 1521 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"...increase the refund amount...."

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1504 Views :: Taxes

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

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1546 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 ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:37 AM :: 1135 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Put state budget on a diet, Akina says on ‘Perry & The Posse’ show
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:50 PM :: 1198 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... What to do with the state’s $3 billion budget surplus ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:39 AM :: 1601 Views :: Taxes

... the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 1062 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 ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 PM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the result of years of indulgence and bad habits ....

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Sunday, January 2, 2022
Considering a Carbon Tax with Rebates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1081 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This is not the only recommendation the Tax Review Commission came up with ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Native Hawaiian Access to Healthcare is a Symptom of a Statewide Problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:38 PM :: 1545 Views :: Health Care, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “Hawaiʻi is the ʻmost hostile health environment to practice in," physician says ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
More on 'Green Fees'
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1145 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... a chance to get in front of lawmakers and argue that we aren’t being taxed enough ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Take heart: We represent the mainstream
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:00 AM :: 1197 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... these are majority opinions in our state ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
‘Tourist tax’ surcharges threaten Hawaii recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 AM :: 1109 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1012 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1008 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
City Sends 2022 Real Property Assessments -- Average Increase 11.6%
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 1482 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... big fat property tax bills coming next ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 1210 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Foreign Trade Zone Kerfuffle
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1113 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... DoTax wants years of back GE Taxes ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Maui: Property Tax Relief for Long-Time Families in SMA
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 939 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Mayor Michael Victorino has signed Bill 118 -- the ʻAina Kūpuna bill -- that establishes a mechanism to provide long-time Maui families with tax relief for inherited real property in a Special Management Area ....

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 1440 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1666 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax Workers’ “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1407 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... In more recent years, the Hawaii Supreme Court has been giving the tax office even more help and protection ....

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Thursday, November 18, 2021
How is Maui Saving Hawaiian Lands?
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 1141 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... ʻĀina kupuna bill to help long-time Maui families keep ancestral lands passes first council reading ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 1604 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Build Back Better? Hawaii Top Tax Rate to Hit 62.4%
By Tax Foundation @ 6:39 PM :: 1947 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A Tax Break for the Rich Could End up Being the Largest Part of the 'Build Back Better' Plan....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 1299 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui County TAT Takes Effect
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 1334 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... the Maui County Transient Accommodations Tax (MCTAT) goes into effect November 1, 2021 ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 1386 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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Sunday, October 31, 2021
2021 State Business Tax Climate Index -- Hawaii 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:50 PM :: 3041 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the Index is designed to show how well states structure their tax systems and provides a road map for improvement ....

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Sunday, October 24, 2021
​Where Is the Value from Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 980 Views :: Taxes

... So now let’s pose a challenge ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
County TAT could further debilitate Hawaii tourism
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:06 PM :: 1516 Views :: Economy, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... Hawaii is still in a state of emergency, tourism has slowed, businesses are closing and unemployment is high. The economy will take years to recover ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
A+ Fees to Increase 67%
By News Release @ 9:02 PM :: 1365 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Monthly fees for A+ programming will be increasing from $120 to $200 ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 1274 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Thursday, October 14, 2021
Most Hawaii residents want lower taxes, new survey shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 1139 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... A professional poll of almost 1,000 people throughout the islands suggests lawmakers are ignoring what their constituents really want ....

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Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1780 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

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Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Taxpayer Debt Burden: Honolulu Grade 'F', Maui Grade 'D'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1474 Views :: Honolulu County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“When combined with their share of the state debt, Honolulu taxpayers each owe $61,300.”

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Sunday, October 3, 2021
What can Hawaii Learn from Tax Reform in the Cornhusker State?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1090 Views :: Taxes

... “Growing the Good Life Begins Here” ....

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Sunday, September 26, 2021
Tax Planning with the Rich and Famous
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1154 Views :: Taxes

... “Those people have at their disposal so many ways to flummox the tax authorities if they want to. Panamanian bearer shares corporations. Dutch sandwiches. Entities from the Isle of Man, the Caymans, or Bermuda perhaps.” ....

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Saturday, September 25, 2021
More Sovereignty Scammers Busted: Two Individuals Charged in Hawaii Tax Conspiracy
By News Release @ 2:47 AM :: 2915 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Another sovereignty scammer busted ....

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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Competition for People
By News Release @ 6:00 AM :: 1346 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
Biden Tax Hike: Hawaii Combined Income Tax Rate to Hit 57.4%
By Selected News Articles @ 5:23 PM :: 2138 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... If Congress’s new tax hikes come through, successful residents in high-tax states will be placed in a terrible position. ....

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Sunday, September 12, 2021
Vacant Homes Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1593 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... How does some bureaucrat sitting in the real property tax office have any idea whether a property is vacant? ....

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Friday, September 10, 2021
​The Vacant Homes Tax: Can this Even be Enforced?
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 2025 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... an increase of up to 2000% ....

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Sunday, September 5, 2021
Counties, You’re TAT Collectors Now
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1487 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... HB 862 makes no provision whatsoever for joint collection. The counties are on their own ....

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
New Tax Proposals at the Honolulu Council
By Video @ 5:01 AM :: 1782 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... Honolulu rail project get a portion of the revenues? ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Jenga game illustrates how government budgets go wrong
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 1348 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “Yes,” Weinberg said. “You are going to mess up Hawaii’s finances.” ....

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Sunday, August 29, 2021
Can Raising a Tax Lose Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1106 Views :: Taxes

... One fundamental assumption that has been made over the years by our lawmakers is that if you enact a tax, money will be raised.  What if that weren’t true? ....

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