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Friday, June 14, 2019
How High Are Wine Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:23 PM :: 2931 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes wine at $1.38/gallon, 14th highest in USA....

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Hawaii 3rd Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 7:10 PM :: 4130 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii imposes $0.93 tax per gallon of beer ....

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Friday, June 7, 2019
Honolulu needs a spending cap, pronto!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:42 PM :: 4319 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

... This week, the Honolulu City Council approved an operating budget of $2.8 billion, an increase of 8.8% over last year’s budget and almost $1 million more than the amount proposed by Mayor Kirk Caldwell ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2019
Shining Light on Revenue Estimates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3483 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...DOTAX justified the shroud of darkness surrounding its revenue projections with a theory, derived from federal Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) law, called “deliberative process privilege.”....

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Thursday, May 30, 2019
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 3272 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii derives 22.9% of tax revenue from individual income taxes .... 

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Sunday, May 26, 2019
The “Rail Skim” Suit: We Lost the Battle, Taxpayers Won the War
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4891 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...A long time ago the Tax Foundation of Hawaii sued the State....

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Friday, May 24, 2019
Let’s get smart about government spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:29 AM :: 6107 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

...Kauai is looking at a budget increase of 10.7%; Honolulu, 8.6%; Maui 8.1%; and Hawaii County 12.7%....

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Wednesday, May 22, 2019
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:21 PM :: 3145 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... the GE Tax accounts for 37.2% of State revenue, Hawaii ranks 9th most dependent....

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Sunday, May 19, 2019
Gut-n-Replace 2019
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5635 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

...the law’s discrimination against nonresidents was prohibited by a part of the U.S. Constitution that the deputy attorney general didn’t consider.  “Oops,” the deputy said....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Hawaii: 2nd Highest Taxes on Pass-Through Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 4326 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii combined pass-through business income tax rate 43.7%, second only to California....

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Monday, May 13, 2019
Grassroot: 2019 Hawaii Legislature Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:27 PM :: 3237 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...good news and bad news for Hawaii's taxpayers during this past legislative session....

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Saturday, May 11, 2019
State Corporate Income Taxes Increase Tax Burden on Corporate Profits
By Tax Foundation @ 6:23 PM :: 4005 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii: Combined State-Federal Corporate Income Tax Rate 26.1% ....

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Friday, May 10, 2019
Legislature pau, but its new taxes live on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:22 PM :: 3352 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature approved 303 bills, among which were measures clarifying what people must do in crosswalks with countdown timers, determining who is allowed to drive “low speed electric bicycles,” and expanding the prohibition on the capturing or killing of manta rays to all rays. ...

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5507 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2019
​To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 4:31 PM :: 3599 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Alabama and Hawaii raise the smallest portion of their state and local tax revenue through property taxes: 17.1 percent and 17.6 percent, respectively....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Is lack of funding the real problem in the Department of Education?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:54 PM :: 5195 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...UIPA Request: DoE Refusing to Release Check Register....

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Tuesday, April 16, 2019
Tax Foundation Hawaii: Motion for Reconsideration Rips Rail-Skim Decision
By Tax Foundation @ 6:02 PM :: 4079 Views :: Taxes

...This is harsh criticism, but it is well-founded....

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Monday, April 15, 2019
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 3:22 PM :: 6022 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Try out the “adjust performance” feature.  You can abolish the GE Tax and cut other taxes, eliminate public employees, enact a right to work law, raise or lower the minimum wage, and see how each move affects Hawaii’s economic performance....

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Sunday, April 14, 2019
Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3506 Views :: Taxes

...No, that isn’t a cuss word. It’s just the facts, ma’am....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day is April 23rd
By Tax Foundation @ 1:41 AM :: 3676 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Tax Freedom Day is 43rd among states....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 5979 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Sunday, April 7, 2019
Revenue Raisers Already Sent to the Governor
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4142 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...our legislature has a dogged focus on new taxes....

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Sin Taxes: Hawaii 3rd Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 5:48 AM :: 3712 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...'Sin' taxes are levied on a relatively narrow tax base, and many are regressive, with a larger share of the tax burden falling on those with lower incomes....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
State of the State Budget 2020
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 PM :: 4658 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...A new Grassroot Institute of Hawaii report suggests ways to build a financial reserve....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Hawaii--2nd Highest State Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:51 PM :: 3879 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Unlike tax rates, which vary widely based on an individual’s circumstances, tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes....

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Judgments Aren’t Necessarily the End of Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4961 Views :: Judiciary, Taxes, Tourism

...Before the ink was dry on those judgments, the Department of Taxation produced additional assessments against the taxpayers, this time on car rental commissions....

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
‘Backward budgeting’ wrong way to move forward
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:18 PM :: 3951 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii lawmakers are considering a myriad of new tax increases in order to pay for their spending plans, but instead they should clamp down on their spending so tax hikes aren’t needed....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Reforming Rental Car Excise Taxes
By News Release @ 1:48 PM :: 3757 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...a byzantine structure of taxes and fees, with effective tax rates on consumers often exceeding 30 percent....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
Legislature Sends Budget Bill to Governor--Tax Hikes Next on Agenda
By News Release @ 12:19 AM :: 3317 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...with a month to go, legislators will have plenty of time to raise your taxes....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Maui Mayor Proposes $869.5M Budget
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 5699 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...tax increases would affect commercial, up by 14 cents per $1,000 of valuation; industrial, up by 3 cents per thousand; hotel and resort, up by 23 cents per thousand; and short-term rental, up by 27 cents per thousand....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2019
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:09 PM :: 4759 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax collections with the quality of the services residents receive in each of the 50 states....

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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Hawaii Supreme Court Rejects Rail Surcharge Lawsuit
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:11 PM :: 4790 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

"...Despite the rejection of the Supreme Court of Hawaii, our efforts were key in the legislature’s decision to drop the skim from 10% to 1% during the 2017 Special Session—this was a win for all taxpayers in this State...."

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Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Hawaii State Government -- 2nd-Lowest Federal Dependency Ranking
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 3501 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

..."Federal Funding as a Share of State Revenue"....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
GE Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 3271 Views :: Taxes

...Senate Bill 1474 would increase your GE Tax by 0.5%....

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Sunday, March 17, 2019
Blank the Amount, Defect the Date
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 5061 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Higher Education, Taxes

"SB 1474 Senate Draft 2 that proposes an increase in the GET now specifies '__ per cent or $ _____'"

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Tuesday, March 12, 2019
Road Usage Charge: HDoT Community Meetings on Latest Tax Hike Scheme
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 3460 Views :: Taxes

...The Hawaii Department of Transportation (HDOT) will hold 14 community meetings across the state to get public feedback on the concept of a road usage charge....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:34 PM :: 4566 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
Can’t You Spare Half a Penny for Education?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3612 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...what we really need to do is fix the inefficiency....

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Friday, March 8, 2019
GE Tax Hike a Lose-Lose Proposition
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:46 PM :: 3621 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature seems to have learned the wrong lesson from last year’s constitutional amendment debate....

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Thursday, March 7, 2019
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:10 AM :: 3699 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii Ranks 23rd at $129 per capita....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
Hawaii GE Tax Hits Poor 255% Harder than Rich
By Selected News Articles @ 1:30 AM :: 3747 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii GE Tax takes 8.43% of income from low income families but only 3.31% from high income families -- 2nd most regressive in USA....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2019
It's legislative season again, so taxpayers beware!
By Video @ 1:02 AM :: 2744 Views :: Taxes

...Tom Yamachika gives us a round up of the latest proposals to raise taxes on Hawaii residents....

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Monday, March 4, 2019
City-Funded Survey Tries Out Excuses for Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 5:18 PM :: 4559 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Taxes

...Residents were presented with a list of eight potential projects and asked their level of support for each, even if it involved raising taxes or fees....

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Sunday, March 3, 2019
Beware of Tax Software?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3086 Views :: Taxes

...individuals, gritting and gnashing their teeth, scour through their financial records and begin the arduous process.... 

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Help People Save by Cutting Their Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:41 PM :: 4415 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Multiple bills heard this session have revolved around encouraging residents to save. The details vary, but there’s a common theme: The state wants to be your local bank....

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
SB1009 Negates Public Health Benefits of Vaping
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 5106 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... SB1009 threatens the efficacy of a tobacco harm reduction tool that has helped millions of adult Americans quit smoking cigarettes ....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
"Everyone" cannot afford another GET surcharge
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:07 PM :: 4818 Views :: Education K-12, Higher Education, Taxes

...Senate Bill 1474 proposes levying a 0.5 percent surcharge on the general excise and use tax in order to provide a “dedicated funding source” for the DOE and the University of Hawaii....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
Hawaii State Income Tax 9th Highest Collection Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 4:29 PM :: 3420 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the Hawaii State Personal Income Tax vacuums up $1,481 per person....

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Sunday, February 17, 2019
Squirreling Away Money at the Dept. of Transportation
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4170 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The auditor found that they have lots of money lying around. More than $120 million in accounts that haven’t been even touched for five years....

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Friday, February 15, 2019
Not too late to hold rail accountable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 PM :: 4045 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...New York and California killed off expensive rail projects--Hawaii can too....

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