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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 :: 3066 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 :: 3389 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 :: 4292 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 :: 2687 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 :: 4420 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 :: 2515 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 :: 2502 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 :: 4482 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 :: 3544 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 :: 3497 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 :: 3516 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 :: 4791 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 :: 3670 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 :: 4345 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 :: 3300 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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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Tax Policy Should be Equitable and Not Hinder Economic Growth
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:00 AM :: 3234 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... another legislative session looms large on the horizon ....

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Thursday, November 28, 2013
The Culture of Self-Dealing by Hawaii’s Officials
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 3723 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

In this week’s Think Tech broadcast, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina and Policy Director Malia Hill join host Jay Fidell ....

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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Some Employer Requirements of Obamacare
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:01 AM :: 4061 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...how is the new health care initiative going to affect businesses?

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Thursday, November 21, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Boost Profitability of Investment for Rich
By UHERO @ 1:44 PM :: 3384 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the vast majority of installations are demanded by households with the median income and higher....

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Saturday, November 09, 2013
Playing with Fire: Kahuku Windfarm to Install Molten Magnesium Batteries
By Andrew Walden @ 3:48 AM :: 6287 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...magnesium melts at 1202 degrees Fahrenheit and antimony melts at 1166 degrees Fahrenheit.....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2013
Fall-out from Hoku’s failed polysilicon project heats-up
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 4139 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Tax Credits

A family-owned North Carolina-based manufacturer is calling upon the US federal government and governors from five states to probe the reasons why Hoku Corporation and its major partner in the project, Tianwei have failed to pay its debts and review its investment practices into foreign owned businesses....

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Monday, September 09, 2013
‘Green’ Energy Lobbyists Rate Hawaii C-
By News Release @ 11:21 PM :: 3990 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Blue Planet Foundation first annual Energy Report Card for Hawai‘i....

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Monday, September 09, 2013
Deadline Sept 27: $30M Available For New Round of Hi-Tech Scam Companies
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 4225 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

We would like to invite to you apply for up to $1M....

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Monday, September 09, 2013
Big Cable at Center of New State Energy Policy
By News Release @ 10:32 PM :: 3447 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The new policy outlines the State of Hawaii’s commitment to make long-term investments in technology to enable an integrated system based on clean energy resources....

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Sunday, September 01, 2013
Questionable Tax Breaks to Help Certain Industries
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 2902 Views :: Tax Credits

...those lost revenues resulted in lawmakers having to raise additional revenue....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
UHERO: Are All Tax Credits Created Equal?
By UHERO @ 6:06 AM :: 2438 Views :: Tax Credits
Recently, the Rhode Island legislature adopted a law requiring that state tax credits undergo a process of regular and rigorous evaluations....
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Thursday, July 18, 2013
Godzilla invades Waikiki, devours tax credits
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:45 PM :: 3379 Views :: Tax Credits

As of July 1,  Hawaii has a new, expanded production tax credit, which grants motion pictures, digital media and film productions, an income tax credit of 20-25 percent....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Sandwich Isles Communications: $12,371 per line annual subsidy
By News Release @ 2:07 PM :: 6099 Views :: DHHL, National News, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
“Poster Child for Federal Waste”
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Monday, July 08, 2013
Tsutsui to Sign Six Bills While Abercrombie Enjoys Taiwan Junket
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 3357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

Tsutsui will sign the following bills passed by the 2013 Hawaii State Legislature....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
SB1087: GEMS for Solar Scammers
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3722 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
The Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) program is an innovative financing model....
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Sunday, June 23, 2013
Needed Services Should be Paid by Users of the Service
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:00 AM :: 3554 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

The reaction to last week’s commentary could only be described as shrill....

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Sunday, June 09, 2013
Number of Special Funds Should be Curtailed
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 4027 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Recently the Chair of the House Finance Committee announced that she will be reviewing the practice of setting up special funds....

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Thursday, June 06, 2013
No Transparency in Alternative-Energy Incentives
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 2911 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Americans have no idea how much taxpayers and consumers, through higher energy bills, are spending to subsidize all of those green energy projects....

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
How the IRS Monitors Tax Credits
By NCPA @ 2:43 PM :: 3742 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits, Taxes

...out of $668.1 million in tax credits claimed in tax year 2011, the Service disallowed only $11 million, and failed to find a single case of fraud....

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Sunday, May 26, 2013
Making the Tax System a Social Tool Creates Inefficiencies
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 2763 Views :: Tax Credits

...lawmakers are beginning to shy away from adopting tax credits....

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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Tax System for Small Business
By News Release @ 1:11 PM :: 4250 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
“Business Tax Index 2013: Best to Worst State Tax Systems for Entrepreneurship and Small Business.”
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Friday, April 05, 2013
Draining the General Fund: Solar Permits up 49%
By News Release @ 1:25 PM :: 3694 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits
Year-to-date, Honolulu’s total number of residential PV permits reached 2,922, a 49.0% increase from the same period last year....
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Friday, April 05, 2013
Department of Energy Awarding Billions in Energy Subsidies Despite Sequester
By NCPA @ 12:23 PM :: 2848 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

More than $1.2 billion in cash payments has been awarded to renewable energy projects since the beginning of the year....

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Sunday, March 31, 2013
Key to Tax Relief Lies in Repeal of Tax “Loopholes”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 3476 Views :: Tax Credits
...Here in Hawaii, local lawmakers seem to have no problem handing out tax breaks to the rich albeit in the form of tax credits....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
USPIRG Flunks Hawaii on Tax Credit Secrecy
By Selected News Articles @ 1:57 PM :: 5903 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
Not a single Failing State provides information on the public benefits of economic development subsidies broken  down by recipient or makes its tax expenditure report available....
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunburned by Corporate Welfare
By John-David Nako @ 1:20 AM :: 5100 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The phrase “corporate welfare” usually leads people to clench their pocketbooks a little bit tighter....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
PPPA: PLDC Bait and Switch? Next Hearing March 19
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 4215 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... as quickly as demands for repeal of Act 55 were heard, legislators introduced a bill establishing bills to establish a Public Private Partnership Authority ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Key to Hawaii’s Future is Business Climate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:11 AM :: 6087 Views :: Economy, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

we, mere mortals, cannot predict what the prize industry of the future will be....

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Saturday, March 16, 2013
List of Tax Measures Moving in Legislature Totals Seven Pages
By Andrew Walden @ 12:06 AM :: 4701 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

Some raise, some redistribute. Others give credit where credit may not be due....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Green Cars: Not So Clean After All
By NCPA @ 3:32 PM :: 4215 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits

It costs 30,000 pounds of carbon-dioxide emission to produce an electric car, equal to about 80,000 miles of travel....

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Solar Scammers Pleased by SB623: Extends Solar Tax Credit Giveaway
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 4632 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

HSEA commends the Senate Ways and Means Committee for passing out SB 623 SD 1, which will close (reopen) renewable energy tax credit loopholes (that DoTax already closed)....

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Tuesday, February 12, 2013
UHERO: Solar Tax Credits Could Cost $1.4B
By Selected News Articles @ 11:44 PM :: 4795 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...state tax credit expenditures could reach $1.4 billion for residential units alone....

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Friday, February 08, 2013
HB497: Extends Solar Tax Credit Giveaway for a Few More Years
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 4717 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The tax credit for photovoltaic systems will be incrementally phased down from 30 percent of the actual cost to 15 percent over the next 5 years....

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Sunday, February 03, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 7794 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

A number of tax department employees who were investigated in connection with the security breaches have been “arrested and relieved of their duties,” said state Rep. John Mizuno....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 4449 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

As another legislative session is about to be convened, let’s look back at some of their follies over the past few years ....

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