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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 2196 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Should Hawaii Raise Taxes on 'the Rich'? 
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 1763 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... state policymakers are determined to raise taxes with bills such as SB56 and HB58. They say their hikes are aimed at 'the rich', but they’re not looking at the whole economic picture ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Frankenbill: SB56 Tax Hikes Grafted on to HB58
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:12 PM :: 1514 Views :: Taxes

... three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill” ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Maintenance of Effort, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1706 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... SB815 creates a “public education stabilization trust fund” ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 2164 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A Grassroot Institute of Hawaii analysis finds Hawaii residents paid more than double the national average in state taxes during 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 2087 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 2071 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 1791 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... it is doubtful any of Hawaii’s proposed tax increases this year will, if enacted, achieve the goal of increasing state revenues. More likely, they will further damage the economy and prompt even more of our family, friends and neighbors to move away ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
​Doctors Tell State of Hawaii: ‘I’m leaving’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 AM :: 7994 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

... There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing .... 

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
National Attention!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2465 Views :: Taxes

“...Confiscation in Paradise: Move to Hawaii, pay the nation’s highest state income-tax rate....”

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
"No new taxes"-- Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:28 PM :: 1508 Views :: Taxes

... the Hawaii Tax Review Commission conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 2367 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 1767 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 2337 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1817 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... a kind of crabs-in-the-bucket argument ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
House Republicans: "Tax Increase Will Hurt Hawaii"
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 1676 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

"...It's going to discourage economic growth that has already stalled...."

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hawai'i Senators Bungle Major Tax Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:16 PM :: 1534 Views :: Taxes

“...Hawaii: First in taxation, last in affordability....”

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 1533 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Public outrage grows after Senators OK huge tax hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:16 AM :: 2527 Views :: Taxes

... SB56 contains so many tax increases it's hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator opposed it ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Enola Gay Has Left the Hangar
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1684 Views :: Taxes

... Senate Bill 56, with the ominous title “Relating to Revenue Generation,” has been granted its first hearing by the Senate Ways and Means Committee ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 1741 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 2120 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 1439 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
HB1314: Grabs TAT from Counties
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 1528 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Repeals the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenue to the counties ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 1945 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Seven Tax Hike Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 2003 Views :: Taxes

... many tax increases, fees, and surcharges that have been proposed this legislative session. Hawaii residents are already among the most taxed in the country; the state has the second highest overall tax burden in the U.S. ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 4284 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 2407 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... to cost the State at least $19,000,000,000 ....

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good grief, do our lawmakers not know we're in a depression?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 2368 Views :: Taxes

... every proposal in the 2021 Legislature that would increase Hawaii's tax burden ....

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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maintenance of Effort
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1707 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... We need to start recognizing that this “dedicated funding source” rhetoric is taking us down the wrong path ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 1852 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sugar Tax Drives People to Drink
By Tax Foundation @ 11:38 PM :: 1517 Views :: Taxes

... A 2012 study at Cornell University found that, when faced with a new soda tax, many households reduced their soda consumption while purchasing an increased amount of beer ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Taxes: More 'Creative' Thought at Our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1609 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallets, folks, because this year’s great legislative adventure has just begun! ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 2468 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 2784 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:06 AM :: 1732 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 23.3% of Hawaii tax collections come from income taxes ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
FY2021: State Tax Receipts Down 16.4%
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 1562 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... General Excise and Use Tax (GET) collections are down by 21.8% from last fiscal year ....

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Monday, February 8, 2021
Comparing State Corporate Income Tax Rates
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 1979 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income tax tops out at 6.4% .... 

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
What Are They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2184 Views :: Economy, Taxes

"... At the Legislature, committee hearings have begun in earnest and it doesn’t seem at all like we are in an economic crisis ...."

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 3478 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 2457 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2021
How tax hikes will harm economic recovery
By Video @ 4:32 AM :: 1462 Views :: Taxes

... lawmakers' plans to tax the economy could hurt struggling residents and businesses recovering from the depression ....

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Sunday, January 31, 2021
Grim Reality of Unemployment Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2619 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Our unemployment system, as of January 8, 2021, has paid out $3.4 billion in unemployment benefits ....

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Saturday, January 30, 2021
Hawaii: Billionaire Claims $21.8B Spent on Cars for the Little People
By News Release @ 8:18 PM :: 2057 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“… costs are only slated to increase ...."

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Friday, January 29, 2021
​Higher revenues without higher taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:19 PM :: 1473 Views :: Taxes

... new tax bills, sometimes dressed up as “surcharges,” “fees” or “closing loopholes” ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Hawaii 9th-Most Reliant on Sales Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 11:00 AM :: 1729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 36.7% of State revenue comes from GE Tax ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2699 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Legislators introduce dozens of tax hike bills
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:18 AM :: 2518 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii's economy is on the ropes right now, but that hasn't stopped some legislators from going all in with new tax-increase proposals ....

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Sunday, January 24, 2021
More Taxes on the Rich – But Guess What, You’re Rich
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:16 AM :: 2904 Views :: Taxes

... Ige’s Chief of Staff and former Director of Taxation Linda Chu Takayama told the House Finance Committee a little more about the revenue enhancement measures (tax hikes) that the Administration is going to propose ....

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2811 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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