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Thursday, April 11, 2013
Hawaii Tax Freedom Day April 14
By Selected News Articles @ 1:44 PM :: 2257 Views :: Taxes
Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....
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Sunday, April 07, 2013
Lessen Dependence on Government: Key to Strong Democracy
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 2642 Views :: Economy, Taxes

One of the opportunities that sequestration presents is the realization of just how dependent the American public is ....

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Friday, April 05, 2013
Tax Myths Debunked
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 2484 Views :: Taxes
...Iowa Policy Project and Good Jobs First used cherry-picked data and inaccurate statements to argue that Hawaii should raise taxes....
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Thursday, March 28, 2013
House GOP: "Senate bills would increase taxes and fees"
By News Release @ 11:17 PM :: 3101 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes
After many House bills to raise taxes and fees failed in the House, more Senate bills that would do so are still alive....
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Monday, March 25, 2013
Taxes, Marriage, PLDC Top Agenda for Hawaii Republican Assembly
By News Release @ 1:17 PM :: 3551 Views :: Family, Republican Party, Taxes
As an affiliated chapter of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies, HIRA strives to be the conservative standard-bearer of the Republican Party in Hawaii ....
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Sunday, March 24, 2013
Knee-Jerk Reaction Leads to Just More Money
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:01 AM :: 2612 Views :: Taxes

...how much is too much when it comes to spending on government programs....

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Saturday, March 23, 2013
Hirono, Schatz Cast Decisive Votes as Senate Passes Trillion Dollar Tax Hike
By Selected News Articles @ 12:50 PM :: 3478 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Taxes
...a $3.7 trillion blueprint for 2014 that would fast-track passage of tax increases, trim spending gingerly and leave the government still deeply in the debt a decade from now....
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Thursday, March 21, 2013
Online Travel Companies Ordered to Pay $70M, Appeal Planned
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 5010 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Tax Appeal Court Judge Gary W.B. Chang yesterday granted the State of Hawaii’s motion for summary judgment....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Tell Congress: No Internet Sales Tax
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 2861 Views :: Taxes

The internet sales tax mandate would force businesses to become sales tax collectors for all states....

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Monday, March 18, 2013
Abercrombie: Hotel Industry TAT Concerns are "Propaganda"
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3020 Views :: Economy, Taxes, Tourism

...the governor interrupted by saying he has been hearing “the same propaganda.”

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Sunday, March 17, 2013
Key to Hawaii’s Future is Business Climate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 6:11 AM :: 3977 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 :: 3074 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
Republican Caucus Commends Fiscally Conservative Hawaii House Budget
By News Release @ 7:43 PM :: 2546 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Republican Party, Taxes

"This is a clear sign that the House is moving in the right direction," said Minority Leader Aaron Ling Johanson, Vice Chair of the House Committee on Finance.

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Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Schatz Proposes $180 Billion Carbon Tax
By News Release @ 3:16 PM :: 3181 Views :: Environment, Taxes

What is the appropriate price per ton for 'polluters' to pay? The draft contains alternative prices of $15, $25, and $35 per ton....

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Sunday, March 10, 2013
Knock Off the Theatrics and Get Down To Business
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:11 AM :: 2393 Views :: Taxes

For the last two months, taxpayers heard time and time again that the “sky is falling, the sky is falling”....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 2949 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Friday, March 01, 2013
Obama's Sequester Smokescreen
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:05 AM :: 3906 Views :: National News, Economy, Taxes, Obama

For the past few days the White House, with a big assist from sympathetic media, has done all within its considerable powers to make it seem like sequestration means the end of the world....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Politico: Is President Obama Telling the Truth about Sequestration?
By NCPA @ 1:57 PM :: 3593 Views :: National News, Taxes, Obama

... agencies cannot give a clear answer on how they arrived at their numbers. Congressional appropriations committee aides say they cannot fact check the administration's estimates ....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
Could Soda Tax Shutter Hawaii's Only Can Maker?
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 3470 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Taxes

The Ball Corporation is the only manufacturer of metal cans in the islands. The company employs 45 people and the beverage tax places their jobs directly at risk.

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Sunday, February 17, 2013
Jerking the Hotel Industry Around, You Can’t Trust Lawmakers
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 4:55 AM :: 3080 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Recognizing the need to help the state balance it books, the hotel industry agreed to a temporary increase in the TAT rate which was increased two percentage points from 7.25% to 9.25%. The temporary increase is supposed to expire on June 30, 2015....

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Friday, February 15, 2013
Consumer Freedom: Taxes Shouldn't be a Tool for Social Engineering
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 2327 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“Taxes shouldn’t be a tool for social engineering or an instrument to penalize Hawaiians for doing nothing wrong....”

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Abercrombie Uses $275K in State Money to Push Soda Tax Hike
By Video @ 10:35 PM :: 3016 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

During a special premiere at the State Capitol, Gov. Neil Abercrombie and the Hawaii State Department of Health (DOH) today launched a new teen-focused multi-media campaign to combat obesity....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sin Taxes: A Questionable Source of Revenue
By NCPA @ 2:36 PM :: 2029 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...lobbyists are relied upon heavily to vie for the interests of the higher-income consumers and producers, leaving the burden of the new tax to lower income consumers who cannot afford representation....

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Thursday, February 14, 2013
Beverage Tax Heads to Senate Ways and Means Committee
By News Release @ 2:23 PM :: 1871 Views :: Taxes

The reality is that calories in the American diet from added sugars in soda have dropped nearly 40 percent since 2000....

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Sunday, February 10, 2013
Just Which Programs To Cut?
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:12 AM :: 2940 Views :: Taxes

...everything is on the table from an increase in the general excise tax rate to fund education to new fees on cell phone use to the administration’s proposals to tax sugary drinks and single-use bags....

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Friday, February 08, 2013
Suckers: HTA Maneuvered into Supporting Tax Hike On its Own Industry
By News Release @ 11:09 PM :: 4170 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Just bluff an increase in TAT and they all line up in favor of extending the ‘temporary’ 9.25% rate....

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Thursday, February 07, 2013
UHERO: Bag Tax and Conveyance Tax Have Downside
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 3132 Views :: Environment, Economy, Taxes

...such taxes can shrink the economy unnecessarily by discouraging investment and artificially raising the price of basic needs....

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Sunday, February 03, 2013
DoTax Employees Secretly Arrested, Fired
By Andrew Walden @ 12:40 PM :: 5507 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, February 03, 2013
Jacking Up the Heat in Tax and Fee Hell
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:05 AM :: 2242 Views :: Taxes

People inquiring about what the legislature is doing are surprised when told that lawmakers are hard at work trying to find ways to take even more of their money. Of course, it starts at the top....

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Thursday, January 31, 2013
Tax Cut or Minimum Wage Hike? Hawaii 4th-Highest Taxes for Low Income Residents
By Andrew Walden @ 4:14 AM :: 3442 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

Instead of cutting taxes on the poor, Abercrombie proposes to extract more taxes from them by hiking the minimum wage.

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Sunday, January 27, 2013
Impact of High Taxes Cripples Economic Growth
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:00 AM :: 2280 Views :: Taxes

...elected officials desperate to make-up the budget shortfall selectively raised taxes, resorting to increases that weren’t visible to the general public in order to avoid mass resentment ....

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Thursday, January 24, 2013
Eco-Friendly? Reusable Shopping Bags Poisoning Our Oceans
By Mary Smart @ 2:20 AM :: 3814 Views :: Environment, Taxes

Abercrombie was right about one thing in his 2013 State of the State speech, there are too many answers in the form of solutions being proposed before sufficient questions are asked and researched....

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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
HI-5 Fraud Shows DoH Cannot be Trusted With Soda Tax
By News Release @ 9:23 PM :: 2639 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

As public audits recently revealed, it's difficult to trust the Department of Health to spend our tax dollars wisely....  

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 3357 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Abercrombie to Push Penny an Ounce Soda Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 2974 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

A 12 ounce soda would cost 12 cents more....

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Sunday, January 20, 2013
Instill Priorities for Precious Tax Dollars
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:53 AM :: 1914 Views :: Taxes

...each bright, shiny and eager face will have an agenda to deliver to his or her constituents back in their home districts. That means money!

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Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Poll: State Taxes Should Require a Super Majority for Passage
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 3336 Views :: Energy, Economy, Small Business, Taxes

Should the Legislature require the state Public Utilities Commission to approve energy projects that further the state’s renewable energy goals even if it costs consumers more?  -- NO 75%

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Monday, January 14, 2013
Experts: Bag Tax Spreads Disease, Fills Hospitals
By Mary Smart @ 10:40 PM :: 3193 Views :: Environment, Taxes

The bag tax revenue could very well be exceeded by the expenses caused by additional hospitalizations.

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Monday, January 14, 2013
$150M Tax Ruling "Will Significantly Reduce Demand for Hawaii Vacations"
By News Release @ 8:59 PM :: 5879 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

“This ruling will significantly increase costs for all tour operators, travel agents, OTCs, and other travel intermediaries...."

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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Instead of Exempting Wholesaling from GET, Reduce Rate on Business Inputs
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:09 AM :: 1899 Views :: Taxes

...repeal of the lesser half percent rate was made as a parry to the recommendation of their consultant that the overall rate imposed on all retail activities be increased to generate more revenues for the state....

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Friday, January 11, 2013
Braces for the Kids Just Got More Expensive: Obamacare Tax Hike Case Study
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 11:23 AM :: 2537 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

In 2013, the tax increases in Obamacare will increasingly conspire against kitchen-table family healthcare decisions....

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Tuesday, January 08, 2013
13 Tax Increases in 2013
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:14 PM :: 2799 Views :: National News, Taxes

The deal that Congress and President Obama struck that finally—but only partially—avoided the fiscal cliff resulted in seven tax increases.  Those hikes combined with six tax increases from Obamacare....

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Sunday, January 06, 2013
Ills Cannot be Cured With Fees and Taxes
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:02 AM :: 2850 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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Thursday, January 03, 2013
Abercrombie: Make Tax Hikes Permanent
By News Release @ 11:14 PM :: 2642 Views :: Economy, Taxes

 "...revenue enhancements such as making permanent certain tax provisions that are due to sunset in 2015 and beyond.”

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Fiscal Cliff: Who Won? Who Lost?
By John Goodman @ 2:42 PM :: 2834 Views :: National News, Taxes

...real billionaires, like Warren Buffett, are going to be affected very little by the new higher rates (unrealized capital gains will still be taxed at a rate of zero), while entrepreneurs with pass-through income are going to get hosed....

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Wednesday, January 02, 2013
Taxes to Rise on Most American Workers
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:07 PM :: 2629 Views :: National News, Taxes

The Wall Street Journal calculates that the “typical U.S. family earning $50,000 a year” will lose “an annual income boost of $1,000.”

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
House Passes Fiscal Cliff Tax Hikes 257-167
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 PM :: 2992 Views :: National News, Taxes

When Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush increased taxes in return for spending cuts—cuts that never ultimately came—they did so at ratios of 1:3 and 1:2....

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Tuesday, January 01, 2013
Tax Hikes to Start the New Year
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:36 PM :: 2237 Views :: National News, Taxes

Postpones sequestration’s automatic spending cuts (including those to defense) by two months....

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Sunday, December 30, 2012
$1 Trillion Obamacare Tax Hike Hitting on Jan. 1
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:27 PM :: 3207 Views :: National News, Taxes

On January 1, regardless of the outcome of fiscal cliff negotiations, Americans will be hit with a $1 trillion Obamacare tax hike....

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Thursday, December 27, 2012
10 Facts on the Fiscal Cliff, Debt, and Spending
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:02 PM :: 2605 Views :: National News, Taxes

...just days left for President Obama and lawmakers in Congress to avert a major tax hike, sequestration, and other major policy changes....

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