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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 3134 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 :: 2795 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 :: 1772 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 :: 3103 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 :: 3005 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 :: 5524 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 :: 1774 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 :: 2322 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 :: 2631 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 :: 2646 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 :: 2458 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 :: 2622 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 :: 2432 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 :: 2773 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 :: 2069 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 :: 2994 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 :: 2380 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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Monday, December 24, 2012
’Twas the Night Before Cliff-mas
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:44 PM :: 2106 Views :: National News, Taxes

With time running out for President Obama and Congress to reach an agreement, this Christmas Eve we bring to you 2012 twist on Clement Clarke Moore's famous poem....

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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Panetta Memo Describes Possible Sequestration Effects
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 2075 Views :: Military, Taxes

 Under the law, the reductions are due to take place Jan. 2, 2013

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Friday, December 21, 2012
No Hawaii Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 6939 Views :: National News, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our coalition has over 2,300 individual members, over 8,000 Facebook fans and more than 320 business members....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
Conservatives Stand Their Ground
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:46 PM :: 2185 Views :: National News, Taxes

Lacking votes from his own party, Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) called off consideration of “Plan B” last night....

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012
ATR: Boehner's Fiscal Cliff Plan OK
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 5:56 PM :: 2415 Views :: National News, Taxes

...this tax bill contains no tax increases of any kind—in fact, it permanently prevents them....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
GOP Leaders Capitulate on Core Conservative Principles
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:53 PM :: 2600 Views :: National News, Republican Party, Taxes

House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Republican leaders have done it once again....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Abercrombie Submits Biennium Budget to State Legislature
By News Release @ 12:28 AM :: 2422 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...general funds, approximately $6.1 billion for fiscal year 2014 and $6.3 billion for fiscal year 2015....

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Sunday, December 16, 2012
Hold the Tax Increases and Cut the Spending
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:47 AM :: 2533 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers will make a bid to increase taxes yet again ....

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Friday, December 14, 2012
What Will the Fiscal Cliff Deal Look Like?
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:03 PM :: 2106 Views :: National News, Taxes

This week, President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) have been trading secret offers on the fiscal cliff....

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Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Surprise: New Insurance Fee in Health Overhaul Law
By NCPA @ 11:54 AM :: 2173 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Your medical plan is facing an unexpected expense, so you probably are, too. It's a new, $63-per-head fee to cushion the cost of covering people with pre-existing conditions....

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Monday, December 10, 2012
Health Care Law's Insurance Tax Will Raise Premium Costs
By NCPA @ 1:16 PM :: 2160 Views :: National News, Health Care, Taxes

Insurance premiums could increase by thousands of dollars because of a new tax in President Obama's health care law....

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Sunday, December 09, 2012
Having Your Cake and Eating It Too
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:23 AM :: 2014 Views :: Taxes

With less than a week left for the White House and Congressional negotiators to come to some sort of compromise, it is time to put all of this debate into perspective.

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Saturday, December 08, 2012
Auditor: HI-5 Program is Exposed to Fraud
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 4069 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... several deficiencies expose the Program to fraud, including the over-reliance on self-reporting by Program personnel and lack of systematic compliance inspections....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Hawaii Collects $186M/year from Big Tobacco
By News Release @ 4:12 PM :: 2790 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii this year will collect $186 million in revenue from the 1998 tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend just 4.8 percent of it on tobacco prevention programs....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 2694 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013....

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Hawaii 2013: State, Federal Taxes to Top 50%
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 7393 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, Taxes

Taxes on wages, dividends, interest, and partnership/sole proprietor income would exceed 50 percent only in Hawaii, California, and New York City….

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Thursday, December 06, 2012
Fiscal Cliff: $480M from Hawaii Kupuna
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 2702 Views :: Taxes

The move being considered by Congress to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67 would leave 26,893 seniors without health coverage (based on current beneficiary data), forcing them into the private insurance market, which is estimated to cost them an additional $2,200 per year*.

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Tuesday, December 04, 2012
House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:43 PM :: 1913 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

When President Obama put forth his first offer on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “You can’t be serious.” We could say the same thing to the Speaker after his counteroffer yesterday.

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Monday, December 03, 2012
What IS the Fiscal Cliff?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:25 PM :: 2301 Views :: National News, Taxes

Obama’s answer to the fiscal cliff is a proposed $1.6 trillion in tax hikes plus new stimulus spending—and expanded power for himself to raise the debt ceiling....

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Sunday, December 02, 2012
Health Care Cost to Rise with Federal Mandate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:24 AM :: 2443 Views :: Taxes

...some taxes are already scheduled to rise as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)....

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Tuesday, October 09, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 4559 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Audit Needed: Hawaii Consumers Pay $400M for Recycling
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 2931 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

“there is no half-cent currency! The small retailer will have to “eat” the half-cent on every single unit he sells. In this mandated business model, the more the retailer sells, the more money he loses.”

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
IRS Backs Off, Grants Tax Free Status to Maui TEA Party
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 PM :: 4903 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

"...the IRS contacted us today regarding your 501(c)4 application and stated that they are withdrawing the additional questions that they sent to your organization...."

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Monday, February 27, 2012
Is the IRS Attempting to Intimidate Hawaii TEA Parties?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 5054 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas....

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Sunday, February 26, 2012
10-cents-per-bag Tax: Greens, Big Business, Big Government team up to Rip Off Consumers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:35 PM :: 3699 Views :: Environment, Taxes

The 2011 version of the 10-cent bag tax failed at the end of the legislative session when enviros stabbed business in the back by amending the bill to eliminate retailers’ portion of the fee-split....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
VIDEO Truth In Accounting Presentation at Hawaii Capitol
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 7123 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sheila Weinberg spoke in Hawaii Tuesday, Oct. 11 on "Government Accounting: The Seen and the Unseen -- What Needs to be Done?"

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Tom Berg calls for Massive GE Tax Increase
By Tom Berg @ 3:30 AM :: 4114 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...authorize the City and County of Honolulu to impose a general excise tax surcharge — much like the one already in effect to fund the rail project — for highway and bikeway construction....

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Friday, August 05, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 5206 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Heritage: The Fight We're In
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:38 AM :: 2572 Views :: Taxes

On one side are those who have come to realize it would be madness to let the political class borrow more without imposing a serious check on government spending. They have produced budgets and now an actual legislative plan to get things under control.

On the other, you find those who consider more spending, taxing, and borrowing a royal prerogative. They have produced nothing but rhetoric and empty promises and have pushed this debate to the brink.

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Sunday, June 05, 2011
$134 Million Mystery: DoTax suddenly admits “unusual reporting, systemic problems, inconsistencies”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:22 AM :: 4922 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is seeking an outside auditing firm to look at "systemic problems" with DoTax tax revenue reports.... 

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
DoTax still has no explanation for sudden discovery of $134M
By Andrew Walden @ 6:42 PM :: 3890 Views :: Taxes

After using an alleged “crisis” and so-called “budget shortfalls” to push tax increases through the Legislature, it certainly seemed like fortuitous timing when Neil Abercrombie’s Department of Taxation found a $134M jump in tax revenues shortly after the Legislature adjourned....

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Sunday, April 17, 2011
How They Voted: House approves Pension Tax and GE Tax Hikes
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 4064 Views :: Taxes

In the Hawaii State House, Tax Day was April 12.  On that day, legislators voted up several key tax increases approved earlier by the Senate and forwarded them to the House-Senate Conference Committees which will be meeting behind closed doors for the next two weeks. 

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 6981 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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