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Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Hawaii receives mixed grades on tobacco prevention and cessation
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 3931 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...American Lung Association ‘State of Tobacco Control’ Report Finds Hawaii Must Do More to Prevent, Reduce Tobacco Use....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Public pension crisis? We're on it!
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:14 PM :: 4376 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis....

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Sunday, January 27, 2019
Ask Not for Whom the H-1 Tolls…
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3439 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Recently, we have heard the term “congestion pricing” bandied about as a way of improving traffic congestion here, and of raising more money....

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Friday, January 25, 2019
Felony Tax Violations: Honolulu DUI Attorney Pleads Guilty
By News Release @ 4:13 PM :: 3626 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...Noah Fiddler's sentencing is scheduled for May 2, 2019....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Why are Climate Alliance governors in states with bad financial conditions?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:16 PM :: 3875 Views :: Environment, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the average per-Taxpayer Burden for these 15 states runs almost $24,000—more than four times the average for the other 35 states....

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Thursday, January 24, 2019
Hawaii 6th Highest Tax Collections Per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 2:00 AM :: 3178 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii: State and Local Taxes rake in $6,467 per capita....

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Friday, January 18, 2019
How we can keep our children in Hawaii?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:52 PM :: 4631 Views :: Economy, Jones Act, Taxes

...Senate President Ron Kouchi talked about how his “greatest passion was to create a Hawaii where each and every one one of our children could come home.”....

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
Hawaii Tax Structure Uniquely Anti-Manufacturing
By Tax Foundation @ 8:42 PM :: 3820 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii, a state with a sales tax base so broad that it applies to more than the state’s entire economy, taxes not just the machinery businesses use to manufacture goods, but also the raw materials used in manufacturing....

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Friday, January 11, 2019
Hawaii's coming recession--Are legislators Listening?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 PM :: 4471 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...The economic boom of the last few years allowed them to continue spending at high levels, and many of them would like to keep it that way....

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Saturday, January 5, 2019
Auditor: Conveyance Tax Money Misspent by DLNR
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 8:05 PM :: 5939 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Land Use, Taxes

...In 2005, the Legislature provided the land conservation program with a dedicated funding source – ten percent of conveyance tax collected...here's what happened next....

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Friday, January 4, 2019
Happy New Year, Hawaii, now pay up!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:30 PM :: 3161 Views :: Taxes

... Perhaps most notable are the increases in the general excise tax on Kauai and Hawaii Island ....

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Sunday, December 30, 2018
No, Killing a Special Fund Doesn’t Kill People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4213 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...DLNR needs to understand that the money in these funds isn’t “their” money. It’s taxpayer money....

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Sunday, December 23, 2018
Carbon Tax: Will You Fiddle While Paris Burns?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 6017 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...If enacted, the carbon tax would be the fifth special tax imposed on fuel....

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Friday, December 21, 2018
Supreme Court Releases Opinion Striking Down HSTA Property Tax ConAm
By News Release @ 2:35 AM :: 4864 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...the question posed to voters must be clear and neither misleading nor deceptive....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2018
Cato: Ige 3rd-Worst Governor in USA
By News Release @ 7:46 PM :: 6565 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Taxes

...The Cato Institute has released its 14th biennial fiscal report card on the governors....

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Monday, December 17, 2018
National Report: Hawaii Ranks 13th in Protecting Kids from Tobacco
By News Release @ 9:19 PM :: 4946 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Hawaii is spending $4.5 million this year on tobacco prevention and cessation programs, which is just 32.9 percent of the $13.7 million recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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Sunday, December 16, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 4)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4555 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing Maui County seeking to invalidate its “Time Share” property classification, with the county then striking back.... 

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Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Hawaii Cell Phone Taxes 7.75%
By Tax Foundation @ 11:50 PM :: 4368 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 44th in USA ....

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Sunday, December 9, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4547 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...We continue with our series about a timeshare association suing the county, with the county then back assessing the association for $10 million.... 

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Sunday, December 2, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 2)
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4685 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...Timeshare association sues county; county then back assesses association for $10 million.... 

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
Details of the Horrible Carbon Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 8:11 AM :: 6473 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Establishes a creepy DC-based "Carbon Dividend Trust Fund" that seeks a backdoor two-child limit on families....

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Thursday, November 29, 2018
To ‘Change Society’ -- Hawaii Climate Commission Pushes For State Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 1:47 AM :: 6973 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Any carbon-pricing mechanism should be “adequate to change behavior.”  The commission had considered asking that it be “practical” as well, but Sen. Karl Rhoads convinced the members that was a bad idea….

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Connected: Rail, Pensions, and Vacation Rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 PM :: 5271 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Keli'i Akina and Joe Kent discuss the latest research by the Grassroot Institute on rail, vacation rentals and the unfunded liabilty of Hawaii's public pension system....

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Monday, November 26, 2018
The County Strikes Back (part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:03 PM :: 4517 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

...a long and hotly litigated property tax case from Maui....

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Thursday, November 22, 2018
Honolulu Tax Evader a Big Deal in Guam, Micronesia
By News Release @ 3:49 PM :: 6627 Views :: National News, Ethics, Law Enforcement, Taxes

...Businessman convicted of tax fraud has Guam, Micronesia deals....

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Saturday, November 17, 2018
Hawaii: Nobody Has More Individual Income Tax Brackets
By Tax Foundation @ 10:38 AM :: 3631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has 12 brackets, the most of any state, followed by California and Missouri, each with 10....

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Thursday, November 15, 2018
GE Tax Receipts Down 0.7%
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3089 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...but income tax is up 12.4% and TAT is up 16.7%....

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Sunday, November 11, 2018
Oh? Can’t We Keep HART’s Funding Sources “Pure”?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4213 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...For a long time, I was wondering what the authors of 07-001 were smoking....

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:40 AM :: 3423 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes....

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Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Does Your State Have a Marriage Penalty?
By Tax Foundation @ 8:32 PM :: 4539 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii has a graduated-rate income tax but doubles its brackets to avoid a marriage penalty....

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Sunday, November 4, 2018
It’s Real Property Because We Said So!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4863 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Taxes

...a case now pending in the Hawaii Supreme Court that may give us some insight on county real property taxes and their limits....

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Sunday, October 28, 2018
Take-Aways from the “Con-Am” Argument
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2885 Views :: Taxes

...a prior Hawaii Supreme Court case, Cieri v. Leticia Query Realty, 80 Haw. 54 (1995), said, “[R]eal estate is, particularly in Hawai`i, both scarce and expensive. As a result, the purchase of real estate or a residence likely is the largest ‘investment’ a person in Hawai`i may make in a lifetime.”....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Property Tax Impact on Hawaii Business Environment
By Tax Foundation @ 9:57 PM :: 3744 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Ranking Property Taxes on the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Friday, October 26, 2018
A victory to savor, but core issue remains
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 3749 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...It’s time to open a real dialogue in our state and work together to find real and lasting solutions for education....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Affordable Hawaii Coalition: We Will Continue After Victory
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 3731 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The executive committee voted unanimously to continue its commitment to address issues of concern to the people of Hawaii, starting with public education....

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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Do We Really Have a Spending Ceiling?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3701 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

...another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health—and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it....

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
HSTA Property Tax: Two Wolves Fight Over Dinner
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 AM :: 5546 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor, Taxes

...the lambs (the voters and taxpayers) didn't have much of a say as usual, and portions of the arguments revealed what these folks think about the intelligence of the average Hawaii voter....

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
ConAm: Supreme Court Strikes Down HSTA Poison Pill
By Andrew Walden @ 1:03 AM :: 6181 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...HSTA members should note that their leadership has been played for the fools that they are....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
More taxes won’t cure our ills
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 3325 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...even a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice isn’t sure who is supposed to pay....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Most Regressive Tax System in USA
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 5124 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...only Washington State taxes the poor more than Hawaii....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Video: Hawaii AG Tells Supreme Court 'Vote No' on HSTA Property Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 5:18 PM :: 7155 Views :: Education K-12, Judiciary, Labor, Taxes

... There was laughter heard from the audience ....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Ranking Sales Taxes on the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 3:38 PM :: 4145 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 24th....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Why ConAm Will Hurt Teachers and Keiki
By Video @ 4:16 AM :: 5222 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...law professor Randall Roth and entrepreneur Stanley Lau are leading a community movement that says the measure will actually hurt teachers and our school children....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
Kiplinger: Hawaii Among Least tax-Friendly States
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 4531 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...The Aloha State, one of Kiplinger's top ten least tax-friendly states, is known for its high cost of living — and high taxes....

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Individual Income Taxes--Hawaii 4th-Highest
By Tax Foundation @ 6:17 PM :: 4893 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The poorest-performing states on this year’s individual income tax component are New Jersey, California, New York, Hawaii, and Minnesota....

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Sunday, October 7, 2018
Guess Which Agency May Be Forgoing Millions in Federal Dollars?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4113 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Taxes

...It is very tempting for a DOE administrator to think, “There’s no benefit for us if we do all this work because the Legislature needs to fund us anyway...."

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Friday, October 5, 2018
Supreme Court to Hear Counties’ Challenge to HSTA Rent tax
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 3869 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument on the proposed constitutional amendment on Thursday, October 18 at 8:45 a.m. at Aliʻiōlani Hale....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Tax Hike on Renters? HSTA Trots out old Front Groups
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 4275 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii was Founded in 2009 when Hawaii public schools were closed for 17 “Furlough Fridays”....

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Thursday, October 4, 2018
Constitutional Amendment Ballot Measure Will Raise Cost of Living -- Funds may not go to Public Education
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 5881 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Those opposed to the constitutional amendment attending the news conference today stood outside a modest, family-owned walk-up apartment on Date Street, valued at approximately $1.5 million, to draw attention to the type of investment properties that would be impacted by the new tax....

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Tuesday, October 2, 2018
HSTA Operatives Set School Protest in Push to Tax Renters
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 4392 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 to 8 a.m....

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