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Wednesday, April 29, 2015
Politicians Paid so Navatek Can get $20M Play?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:47 PM :: 4905 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...77 separate contributions by Navatek or by employees linked to Navatek made to elected officials totaling $81,000....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Your Electric Bill is Higher than you Think
By NCPA @ 2:27 PM :: 3360 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Consumers pay for electricity twice: once through monthly electricity bills and a second time through taxes that finance subsidies for inefficient wind and other energy producers....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 3246 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....

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Thursday, April 16, 2015
Final Act 221: Hoku Plant Cut Up, Pieces Auctioned off
By Selected News Articles @ 3:42 PM :: 4143 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Built with your tax dollars, via crony capitalist Act 221 High Tech Tax Credits, Hawaii....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
HB145 Tobacco Industry Tax Credit Gut and Replace
By Selected News Articles @ 1:12 PM :: 3426 Views :: Agriculture, Higher Education, Tax Credits
Did you know that Hawaii has a tobacco industry?
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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Hawaii: The Place for "Really Crazy" Energy Ideas
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 3322 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Plenty of issues remain to be addres­sed, not least the safety implications of having kites weighing more than a tonne flying around on cables up to 310m long....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
Secretive Subsidies, Tax Credits Make Hawaii 7th-Least Transparent in USA
By News Release @ 11:18 PM :: 3710 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...subsidy programs assessed in each state....

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Friday, March 13, 2015
Update: Low Income Legislative Agenda
By News Release @ 11:00 PM :: 3700 Views :: Homelessness, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Hawaii Appleseed is making solid progress advancing important legislation to benefit low-income people in our state....

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Hawaii Open Budget: A bold step towards fiscal transparency
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3638 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...a nonpartisan effort to make the state budgeting process accessible to the public by putting state budget facts and figures online, in real time....

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Surprise: Poorest Obamacare Enrollees Face $530 IRS Tax Bill
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:27 PM :: 3449 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

Also in the H&R Block report is the news that the individual mandate penalty is averaging $172. This is likely to rise in future years....

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Sunday, January 11, 2015
Earned Income Tax Credit – A Solution to Poverty?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2442 Views :: Tax Credits

...According to a report by the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice, it lifts more families out of poverty than any other federal policy....

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Friday, January 02, 2015
Auditor: State Policies Create Barrier to Glass Recycling
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 4:58 PM :: 4764 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...the interaction between the advance disposal fee (ADF) and the deposit beverage container (DBC) programs creates inefficiencies in the recycling or down-cycling of glass....

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Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Auditor: Unclear What Glass Recycling Program is Supposed to Accomplish
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 9:51 PM :: 4392 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

Where the 'Recycled' Glass Goes? -- Busted: Hee Family Tied to Massive Waste Dumping Scheme....

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Thursday, December 18, 2014
Corruption: Al Hee Indicted on 13 Counts--Could Get 39 Years in Federal Prison
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 8615 Views :: DHHL, Politicians, Tax Credits

This is happening now because Dan Inouye is dead.  There will be more....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
NextEra: The Green Corruption Files
By Selected News Articles @ 6:20 PM :: 8285 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

NextEra paid just $88 million in taxes on earnings of nearly $7 billion. That’s a tax rate of just 1.25 percent when the statutory rate is 35 percent....

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014
‘Green’ lobby pushes to extend lucrative tax breaks
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 PM :: 2814 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
“Granting temporary privileges or punishment allows Congress to fund-raise on them over and over again.”
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Sunday, November 30, 2014
The Tax Credit That Should Not Die
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2640 Views :: Tax Credits
Note to lawmakers: No touch!
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Sunday, October 26, 2014
Ige's Pihana: Which Came First the Crony or the Capitalist?
By Andrew Walden @ 8:27 PM :: 5384 Views :: Hawaii History, Politicians, Tax Credits

...it almost worked, until Goldman Sachs taught them all the meaning of "preferred stock"....

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Thursday, October 09, 2014
Wind Industry Admits It Needs Handout to Compete
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:14 PM :: 3262 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...The wind production tax credit, a generous $23 per-megawatt-hour tax credit the producer receives for 10 years, expired last year....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Property Tax Hike? You Have Until Sept 30 to Get Out of It
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 4088 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...September 30, 2014 deadline for three real property programs is approaching and urge those wishing to participate to submit the required documentation....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything: How to Lose Your Solar Tax Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3703 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

This week’s illustration of how timing is important involves the Hawaii Renewable Energy Technologies credit....

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Monday, August 04, 2014
Your Tax Dollars at Work: FlikMedia, Inc. Acquires Flikdate
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 3011 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...Flikdate is the recipient of HSDC Hi-Tech 'investment' money....

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Friday, July 18, 2014
HSDC Tries To Justify Hi Tech Self-Dealing
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 4377 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...there was potential in Hawaii to find and invest in (get taxpayer money for) globally competitive startups (which are based in California)....

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Wednesday, June 18, 2014
High Tech Development Corp still relying on carbon paper and typewriters
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 AM :: 3069 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

HTDC still relying on carbon paper and typewriters to draft communications with the state, which she says causes more work in the end for her staff....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
Solar City: Tax Subsidies For Them, Big Bills For Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:43 PM :: 3761 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Solar City collects for itself tax subsidies intended for its consumers, who are left vulnerable to sudden spikes in their electricity bills....

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Wednesday, June 04, 2014
Encouraging ohana housing in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:16 PM :: 3093 Views :: Family, Tax Credits

Over 11% of Hawaii households are multigenerational, the largest percentage in the United States....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
DBEDT: Obama Orders Mainland to Follow Hawaii's Expensive Energy Policies
By News Release @ 4:28 PM :: 3630 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Other states are being ordered to follow Hawaii's example and give lots of money to green energy scammers who in turn give campaign contributions to the politicians who made their scams possible...

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Council on Revenues: Tax Revenue Will Decline for 2014 as Movie Moguls Grab Tax Credit Millions
By News Release @ 4:58 AM :: 2963 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...The Act also increases the cap on the amount of the credit per production from $8 million to $15 million and moves the expiration date for the credit from January 1, 2016 to January 1, 2019....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
HSDC Gives Away Another $4.5M in 'HI Tech' Corporate Welfare
By News Release @ 5:40 AM :: 2905 Views :: Tax Credits

...HSDC today announced the State of Hawaii’s $4.5 million commitment to Startup Capital Ventures II....

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Sunday, May 25, 2014
Time for the Kapalama Terminal Credit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2543 Views :: Tax Credits

Let’s use the discussion over this credit to help us all determine what time it is....

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Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Property Tax Exemptions Reduce Honolulu Tax Revenue $100M
By Natalie Iwasa @ 9:28 PM :: 2956 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...You’ll never see it as a line item in the budget....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Study: Biofuels Worse for Environment Than Regular Gasoline
By NCPA @ 4:09 PM :: 4175 Views :: Energy, Environment, Agriculture, Tax Credits

Biofuels made with corn residue actually release 7 percent more greenhouse gas....

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Friday, April 25, 2014
Panos: Sopogy's Demise is a Huge Victory for Honest Engineering and the Taxpayer
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:05 AM :: 6034 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Many well-known people such as Governors Lingle and Abercrombie, Chancellor Virginia Hinshaw, Blue Planet Foundation's Henk Rogers, and Hawaii's only billionaire Pierre Omidyar have Sopogy egg on their face....

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Thursday, April 24, 2014
Why Your Boss Probably Isn't Speaking at This Conference
By Heritage Foundation @ 7:07 AM :: 1869 Views :: Tax Credits

...Washington cronies dole out special treatment to certain companies....

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014
UHERO: Managing a Grid with Green Energy
By UHERO @ 9:02 PM :: 3384 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...a windfall gain for the typically wealthy households able to take advantage of the situation....

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Sunday, April 20, 2014
C’mon, Mr Producer, Do You Even Know What All The Laws Are?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2695 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

One of the bills now making its way through the Legislature concerns the motion picture, digital media, and film production tax credit....

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014
All Eyes Should be on the First Wind – PUC Affair
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 3022 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

This was actually Plan B, after an embarrassing failed attempt to go public in 2010....

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014
For Sale Cheap: One More Bankrupt Alt-Energy Scheme
By News Release @ 4:41 PM :: 3777 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Located in Kawaihae on the west side of the Big Island of Hawaii, 35 miles north of Kailua-Kona, the assets are being marketed in a sealed bid offering that closes at 5:00 p.m. (PT)on April 4....

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Sunday, March 02, 2014
Well Then, How Do We Stimulate Business?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2336 Views :: Tax Credits

A few weeks ago this column spoke out against tax credits....

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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3783 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
You Like Tax Credits, Why Don’t We?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2164 Views :: Tax Credits
Those who seek to enlarge or expand those credits at the legislature frequently find the Tax Foundation opposed. Why is that?
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Friday, February 07, 2014
SB2153: Follow the Tax Credit Money
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 12:51 AM :: 2235 Views :: Tax Credits

...“tax exclusions,” “tax exemptions,” “tax deferrals,” “preferential tax rates,” and “tax credits”....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
Company Behind Kahuku Windfarm Fire Files Bankruptcy
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 4002 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Xtreme Power...announced today that it filed voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11....

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Friday, January 24, 2014
As Circuits Max Out, HECO Touts New Solar Installation Record
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 3109 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

A total of 17,609 solar installations with more than 129 megawatts capacity were added....

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Progressive Tax Code Not Visible in Tax Expenditures
By NCPA @ 2:46 PM :: 2943 Views :: National News, Tax Credits, Taxes

...high-income and low-income filers had large tax expenditures, while middle-income taxpayers had smaller expenditures....

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Thursday, January 09, 2014
Jeff ‘The Solar Guy’ Davis Running for Hawaii Governor-- As Libertarian
By Andrew Walden @ 11:47 PM :: 3149 Views :: Politicians, Tax Credits

...Jeff Davis has filled papers with the Campaign Spending Commission to form a campaign committee to run for governor....

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Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Tax Credit Scammers Find a New Home in HSDC
By Andrew Walden @ 1:18 PM :: 4449 Views :: Tax Credits

State retirees should be afraid, be very afraid....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2013
Federal Wind PTC Tax Credit Expires
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 PM :: 3217 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

When the PTC was last extended, in January 2013, Congress changed the criteria. A project only had to be in construction before the expiration date to be eligible for the tax credit....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 3766 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

...impacts on gross state product are estimated to be negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
$3.46M CIP for Hawaii Film Studio
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 2898 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

...$3.46 million in capital improvement project (CIP) funds for the Hawaii Film Studio, including a new production and multipurpose building....

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