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Friday, September 22, 2017
How High Are Property Tax Collections Where You Live?
By Tax Foundation @ 3:19 PM :: 1592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii counties collect an average of $980 in property tax per capita....

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Hawaii 6th Most Indebted State
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 2397 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...$27,100 = Each taxpayer's share of Hawaii's debt....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Caldwell: Now That Legislature Has Done the Hard Work of Raising Taxes, I Urge HART to Not Do Nothing
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 3066 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"...Doing nothing is unacceptable...." -- Mayor Kirk Caldwell, Sept 18, 2017

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Highest Sales Tax in USA on Per Capita Basis
By Tax Foundation @ 4:36 PM :: 1895 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii and North Dakota collect the most in statewide sales tax per capita at $2,090 and $1,835 respectively....

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Sunday, September 10, 2017
Rail: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2724 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The special session rail bill, SB 4, provides that if the Foundation wins and the State is ordered to refund money to the City, then the State will scoop the same amount of money from the City’s share of transient accommodations tax....

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Saturday, September 09, 2017
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 1836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...in FY 2015, the corporate income tax only comprised 5.3 percent of state tax collections....

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Friday, September 08, 2017
Hawaii taxes block prosperity
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:40 PM :: 1484 Views :: Taxes

Confucius said to the ruler: So long as when you get richer, the poor get richer....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Andria Tupola: Special Session 2017 Wrap-Up
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 1774 Views :: Rail, Taxes

......Our floor amendment to exclude neighbor islands from the 1% TAT increase received support from four other neighbor island Representatives....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Ige Signs $2.4B Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 2449 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...Ige’s signing of the rail funding bill also allows the Honolulu City Council to approve Bill 45, which extends O‘ahu’s half-percent surcharge to the state general excise tax another three years....

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Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2537 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Saturday, September 02, 2017
$2.4B Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 3498 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Senators highlighted in YELLOW are up for reelection in 2018.  Only four of them voted for the tax hike....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rail: FTA is open to shortening the route
By Honolulu Traffic @ 6:57 PM :: 2322 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...FTA is complicit.  That’s why it is likely to approve a Plan B that stops at Middle Street....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 2481 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu: For 1000s Property Tax Rate Will Quadruple Sept 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3602 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times what they are now....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 2160 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 2103 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Postpone tax talk until after rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 1360 Views :: Taxes

...there is, in fact, another feasible option: no tax increases at all....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Which Counties Benefit Most From the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:16 PM :: 1714 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...how much U.S. taxpayers deduct in home mortgage interest by county....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 1727 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Rep Tupola Backs Forensic Audit for HART
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 2138 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...City and HART officials were often unable to give specific answers to our questions and rarely took responsibility for their cost overruns and inflated budgets....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
No need for special session this summer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 2362 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the immediate cash flow problems have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds to help bail out the project....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Rail Fail: Why You Should Speak Out
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:04 PM :: 2261 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...Honolulu Rail Project is on track to becoming the costliest and most mismanaged public transportation project in our nation's history....

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Full Text: Lawmaker Leaks Plan to Make Sister Isles Pay for Rail -- Public Hearing Set
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 3030 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature is hosting a public informational briefing on state funding for the City & County of Honolulu’s rail project at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 in the State Capitol auditorium....

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Monday, August 07, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 2682 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1962 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 2130 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Secret Rail Meetings at Legislature
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 2687 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

... If the funding of rail was all that was on the table it would be simple....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2526 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
$1.6B Available to Pay for Rail -- Without Raising Taxes
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 4575 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... we found $1.595B being siphoned off of Rail for non-rail purposes ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2017
EITC: Devil in the Details
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1483 Views :: Taxes

On July 10, 2017, Governor Ige proudly signed House Bill 209, a bill that establishes a Hawaii earned income tax credit.... 

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
How High Are Individual Income Tax Collections in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 1849 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Before the latest increase, Hawaii ranked 11th ....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
HART Boardmember: Our Credibility has Disappeared, Nobody Knows Who is Responsible
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 3957 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...Full Text: Letter to HART Boardmembers, Mayor and County Councilmembers from John Henry Felix....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Hawaii Death Tax: State Gets You in the End
By Tax Foundation @ 10:48 PM :: 1948 Views :: Taxes

...State inheritance and estate taxes, together with the federal estate tax, reduce investment, discourage business expansion, and can sometimes drive wealthy taxpayers out of state....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Giving Rail Credit Where it Isn't Due
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 1736 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Road Funding: Nobody Pays More Than Hawaii Drivers
By Tax Foundation @ 1:33 PM :: 1630 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the share of state and local road spending that is covered by tolls, user fees, and taxes varies drastically. It ranges from only 12 percent in Alaska to 76.3 percent in Hawaii....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
GE Tax Equivalent to 13% Sales Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 2750 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii GET taxes many products multiple times and ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income compared to the national median sales tax which applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Sunday, July 02, 2017
Carving Up the Price of Car Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1980 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

One of the legislative bills that is now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry.... 

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Video: Roth vs Anderson on GE Tax Hike
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 2273 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Either Anderson did not understand how the GE Tax works, or he pretended not to....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Universal Basic Income Is A Lazy Solution To The Oncoming Labor Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 2467 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii recently became the first state to make a major push towards a universal basic income....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Anatomy of Epic Fail on Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1922 Views :: Rail, Taxes

To what or whom should we be looking for leadership to get us out of this mess?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 4493 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
How High Are Spirits Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 1493 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes the spirit at $5.98 per gallon....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10 Buildings With the Highest Honolulu Property Taxes in 2016
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2423 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Honolulu raked in over $50 million in property taxes last year, from the top 10 taxpaying properties alone....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Rail Tax Hike: Legislators Promise Special Session, but Cannot Agree on Date or Funding Mechanism
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 1688 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...no specific dates have been set for the special session and no rail funding mechanism has been agreed upon....

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Closing an Estate Tax Loophole?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:05 AM :: 1790 Views :: Taxes
...this bill seems like a knee-jerk reaction....
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Tax Foundation @ 2:04 AM :: 2019 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 2119 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Oahu GOP: No Rail Tax Hike Special Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:36 AM :: 2274 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Island taxpayers are already struggling from paycheck to paycheck....

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Reaching Back into the Past
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 1377 Views :: Taxes

...retroactive tax legislation....

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Friday, June 09, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 1996 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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