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Tuesday, March 19, 2013
Sunburned by Corporate Welfare
By John-David Nako @ 1:20 AM :: 5381 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 :: 4447 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 :: 6505 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 :: 5006 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 :: 4417 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 :: 4895 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 :: 5030 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 :: 4973 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 :: 8195 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 :: 4736 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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Sunday, December 23, 2012
Helping to Drain the State Treasury With Tax Credits
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:39 AM :: 3797 Views :: Tax Credits

...this year the tax scramble is not so much for shifting income and deductions from one tax year to the next as much as it is about getting one’s solar energy device installed....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
The wind production tax credit still hangs in the fiscal-cliff balance
By Selected News Articles @ 5:25 PM :: 4147 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The wind lobby is working overtime to convince Congress to pass an extension before the clock runs out on December 31st....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
UHERO: Film Subsidies Illegal Giveaway to Corporations
By News Release @ 10:34 PM :: 4715 Views :: World News, Tax Credits

...tax-payer-provided subsidies are beggar-thy-neighbor policies. At the end of the day, they just tend to cancel each other out and essentially transfer taxpayer money to corporations ....

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Sunday, November 11, 2012
Lawsuit: Kahuku Windfarm May Never Get its Turbines Repaired
By Andrew Walden @ 8:38 PM :: 11379 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

The importance of having Clipper continue to honor parts, service and maintenance agreements on the turbines is one of the critical concerns for First Wind....

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Saturday, November 03, 2012
PRP: Fukunaga Running to Continue Act 221 Tax Credit Scams
By Andrew Walden @ 8:29 PM :: 6202 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

Fukunaga’s ‘High-Tech’ credentials come from her decade-long advocacy of the Act 215/221 tax credits--one of the biggest taxpayer rip-offs in Hawaii history....

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Audit: State Gave Away $1B Act 221 Tax Credits Without Verification of Eligibility
By Selected News Articles @ 8:47 PM :: 8559 Views :: Tax Credits

“It’s all in [my] head.” —DoTAX returns classifying officer’s response when asked why he does not have any written policies and procedures

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Hoku Loses Control of Its Own Website
By Andrew Walden @ 3:10 AM :: 5221 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Hoku is so broke it doesn’t have a website anymore. Their url expired July 12 and has not been renewed....

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Saturday, July 14, 2012
Creditors Demand $160M from Hoku Corporation
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 5709 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Act 221's final act ....

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Thursday, July 05, 2012
NASDAQ Halts Hoku Trading
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 4810 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Aren't tax credits wonderful!

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Friday, June 29, 2012
Hoku Out of Cash in Nine Weeks, So Broke It Can't Write Annual Report
By News Release @ 9:16 PM :: 7257 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

 Act 221 Tax Credits paid for this mess and Hawaii media covered for this scam company all they way through .... 

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Friday, June 15, 2012
Your Act 221Tax Credit Dollars At Work: Hopeless Hoku Forms Restructuring Committee
By News Release @ 7:13 PM :: 5239 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

... a solar energy products and services company, natch ....

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hoku Corp Lays off Workers, Lienholders Move to Seize Polysilicon Plant
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 7188 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...liens have been filed against the Hoku Materials polysilicon plant, and some lienholders have begun foreclosure proceedings in the Idaho courts....

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Saturday, December 17, 2011
As Delisting Looms, Material Misrepresentation by Hoku Solar?
By Andrew Walden @ 1:55 PM :: 8255 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...there is not a single mention of delisting, crashing solar panel prices, expiring tax credits and subsidies, difficulties in completing the Pocatello plant, nor the crashing price of the polysilicon Pocatello is supposed to produce....

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Monday, October 17, 2011
Solar Credits: 1000s of Homeowners to Face Audits to Cover up DoTAX Re-write of Law
By Andrew Walden @ 12:59 AM :: 8284 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

A squad of DoTAX bureaucrats pounding on doors—desperately seeking a scapegoat.

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Sunday, October 09, 2011
Solar Tax Credits: Cash from General Fund Lines Pockets of Mainland Companies
By Andrew Walden @ 4:26 AM :: 8070 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

“Free Solar” may sound like music to the ears of low-income Hawaii homeowners and non-profits, but to the General Fund it sounds more like a vacuum cleaner....

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Monday, October 03, 2011
Why Stop at $500K? DoTAX Quietly Multiplies Hawaii Solar Tax Credit
By Andrew Walden @ 12:46 AM :: 10270 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

Hawaii has the most regressive taxation structure in the nation. When the Legislature returns, they will find a big fat hole in the budget because once again the tax system is being used to redistribute wealth from the poorest to the richest.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Hawaii Wind, Solar projects: Millions for Wall Street, Banks, maybe even Big Tobacco
By Andrew Walden @ 11:05 PM :: 8323 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...federal and state tax credits behind Hawaii’s wind and solar development bubble are pushing even more money out of the pockets of Hawaii ratepayers and taxpayers and into the coffers of mainland hedge funds, banks, insurance companies, utilities, and even tobacco companies....

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Saturday, September 17, 2011
Panos: Is Sopogy Hawaii’s Solyndra?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:25 PM :: 8981 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

President Obama has tried to spin yet another one half billion dollar mistake but his own green friends won't let him: Solyndra bankruptcy was a disaster waiting to happen. Neil has been informed multiple times about Sopogy. What’s he going to do about it?

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Sunday, July 17, 2011
Hawaii’s Future? Abandoned Solar Farms Clutter California Desert
By Andrew Walden @ 7:25 PM :: 17068 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits

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Thursday, May 26, 2011
After raising taxes on poor, Abercrombie announces $13M Crony Capitalist Giveaway
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 5548 Views :: Energy, Small Business, Tax Credits

HSDC is developing a plan to best deploy these funds for worthy businesses.

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Monday, February 15, 2010
Wind Energy's Ghosts
By Andrew Walden @ 1:09 AM :: 26842 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

 Wiwo...wiwo...wiwo.  

The sound floats on the winds of Ka Lae, this southernmost tip of Hawaii's Big Island, where Polynesian colonists first landed some 1,500 years ago.

Some say that Ka Lae is haunted -- and it is. But it's haunted not by Hawaii's legendary night marchers. The mysterious sounds are "Na leo o Kamaoa"-- the disembodied voices of 37 skeletal wind turbines abandoned to rust on the hundred-acre site of the former Kamaoa Wind Farm.

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