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Sunday, November 29, 2020
Eighth Amendment Protects Us from Massive Tax Penalties
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 655 Views :: Taxes

... In a case called Timbs v. Indiana decided just last year, however, the U.S. Supreme Court made a couple of key points ....

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Sunday, November 22, 2020
​Standardless Spending, Part 2?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 440 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...B&F basically told the departments, “Here’s your money. Go spend it.”....

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Sunday, November 15, 2020
Where’s All the Money?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 864 Views :: Hawaii State Government

...$2.28 billion within 257 accounts....

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Sunday, November 8, 2020
A Ham-Fisted Way of Getting Folks Back to Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 772 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Tourism

... The proposal is called Bill 80 ....

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Sunday, November 1, 2020
Someone Was Listening to the Howl in the Woods
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 870 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... the Governor issued a Fourteenth Supplementary Proclamation, in which the language suspending the Procurement Code was radically changed ....

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Sunday, October 25, 2020
Making Up for Budget Shortfalls
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 900 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars....

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Sunday, October 18, 2020
Pulling Teeth at OHA
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1486 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...An accounting firm can’t arrest people, throw them in jail, or otherwise find that they have committed illegal activity....

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Sunday, October 11, 2020
Academic Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 872 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Higher Education, Labor, COVID-19

...an example of leadership in the face of the COVID-19 crisis....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
Standardless Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 757 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, COVID-19

We are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good....

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Sunday, September 27, 2020
Veto of the “Revolving Door” Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 596 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

...The bill addresses the appearance of corruption....

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Sunday, September 20, 2020
Abercrombie and Waihee on COVID Leadership
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 954 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...The governors zeroed in on two principal drivers of our government’s response, namely structural capability and leadership....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 782 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Sunday, September 6, 2020
So Do We Have Contact Tracers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1203 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... “They have to be trained on what we do." --Dr. Sarah Park .…

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Sunday, August 30, 2020
Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 2362 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...I’m not the only one trying to dig up information on where the money went....

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Sunday, August 23, 2020
Is Our Share of CARES Act Money Disappearing?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1191 Views :: COVID-19

...having to forgo, or pay back, a bunch of that money is not going to be a happy thing....

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Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Doomsday Rules in the General Excise Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:13 PM :: 1316 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...Now that the economy is down and tax revenues are in the tank, we are now seeing cases of our Department of Taxation using some particularly nasty provisions in the tax code....

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Sunday, August 9, 2020
How We’re Going to Spend CARES Act Money
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1119 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...In the meantime, the unemployed need to survive without any plus-up at all....

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Sunday, August 2, 2020
Unemployment Tax in the Nonprofit Sector
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 759 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...employers are likely to be hit with a significant and automatic rate increase at the end of this year....

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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Two Tax Bills This Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 975 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii, urged the Legislature to adopt key provisions of the CARES Act although it became law in 2020. DoTAX, in testimony, proposed to adopt a few provisions and leave others on the cutting room floor....

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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Electric Vehicle Sweeteners Running Out?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1179 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...For tax benefits, the pendulum has started swinging in the other direction as well....

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Sunday, July 12, 2020
Future of Unemployment Insurance
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1298 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...unemployment insurance and how it is going to fare after the pandemic....

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Sunday, July 5, 2020
​Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1154 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, COVID-19

...Ige's COVID order suspends law requiring that people who want to do business with the State or municipal governments need to be current with their state and federal taxes....

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Sunday, June 28, 2020
Future of the Aloha Stadium
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1165 Views :: Development, Higher Education, Tourism

... Can we afford to take the risk of building a new stadium with an entertainment center that may become a financial white elephant like our convention center? ....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1101 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Sunday, June 14, 2020
The Giant Sucking Sound
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1596 Views :: Economy

...Carl Bonham told lawmakers that we’re going to lose another 30,000 people in just two years. A more pessimistic scenario assumes we are going to lose that 30,000 people in ONE year....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 815 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...tinkering with the tax code to raise more money has the effect of putting the brakes on what little spin we have left on our economic engine....

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Sunday, May 31, 2020
The Governor, The Legislature, and The Billion Dollar Mess
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1550 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...figuring out how to spend $1 billion of federal money that is being made available to Hawaii under the CARES Act....

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Sunday, May 24, 2020
Money Laying Around?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1074 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

...the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on track....

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Sunday, May 17, 2020
Government in the Darkness
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 963 Views :: Ethics, COVID-19

... In the Seventh Supplemental Proclamation on May 6, the Administration backed off a bit ....

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Sunday, May 10, 2020
Crossing the Rubicon Into Tax Suspension
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1458 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

...Buried on the 19th page of a 68-page the document is a sentence suspending “Section 237D-6.5(b), distribution of the transient accommodations tax.”....

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Sunday, May 3, 2020
Do Our Laws Still Apply?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1468 Views :: Maui County, Law Enforcement, COVID-19

...the governor has suspended many laws....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1401 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...This is not a far-fetched scenario....

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Sunday, April 19, 2020
Taxing Medical Practice to Death
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1571 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...Unless you like the idea of having doctors in rural areas being scarcer than toilet paper....

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Sunday, April 12, 2020
And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1829 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...The emergency proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining....

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Sunday, April 5, 2020
Worst Return on Investment. Again.
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...a 50-state study called “2020’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI....”

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Sunday, March 29, 2020
Lead. Grant relief. Don’t take more. Please.
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1048 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Now’s Not The Time To Raise Taxes And Fees....

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Sunday, March 22, 2020
Who’s Watching the Store?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1186 Views :: Taxes

...When do Legislators know that enough is enough?  -- When somebody — or preferably LOTS of somebodies — tells them....

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Sunday, March 15, 2020
Green Fees – But Not the Golfing Kind
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1777 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Tourism

...per visitor, per stay charges the money from which goes to protect and preserve the environment....

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Sunday, March 8, 2020
Just a Technical Change
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1330 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Tourism

...the Department of Taxation, is behind a few of them....

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Sunday, March 1, 2020
HB1990: $1.5B GE Tax Hike
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1375 Views :: Taxes

...a 0.5% GE Tax hike to pay for 'climate change'....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2910 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...if this bill passes, guess what is going to happen to your electric bill....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1507 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Sunday, February 9, 2020
The ConAm Returns
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1804 Views :: Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

...to impose a surcharge on real property tax....

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Sunday, February 2, 2020
Why Do Lawmakers Want More Special Funds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:43 PM :: 1212 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...there is a plethora of requests for “special funds” in the 2020 Legislature....

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Sunday, January 26, 2020
OHA Audit: Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1502 Views :: Ethics, OHA

...This deserves an answer....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1426 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...After this one-two punch, many more businesses that sell to Hawaii customers are going to find themselves with Hawaii tax obligations....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
What Really Is a Minimum Wage?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1894 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...the reasons for an ever-increasing “living wage” have been a second tier topic of discussion....

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Sunday, January 5, 2020
Cooling the Schools: The Reality
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1857 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

...solar powered systems costing an average of $40,000 per classroom have started breaking down or will only work for a short time every day....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Red Flags at OHA
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1204 Views

...OHA would be prudent to consider taking this report to the law enforcement authorities who would be able to investigate whether any of the conduct described in the report rises to the level of criminal conduct, such as fraud, theft, or bribery.... 

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ninety-One Hours in a Work Week?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 1453 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s cost of living was 201.3 percent of, or double, the national average, with the primary problem being housing costs that punched in at a staggering 347.1 percent of the national average. Our grocery costs were at 160.8, utilities at 185.2, transportation at 135.7, and health care at 120.3 percent of the national average respectively....

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