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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1523 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division....

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Sunday, January 08, 2017
What's Next for Marijuana Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1853 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... legislators are considering a special, higher GET rate for marijuana, but haven’t decided upon that rate yet ....

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Sunday, January 01, 2017
Ige’s Billion Dollar Psych-Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2222 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the Ige Administration has been meeting with the unions....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 1993 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Indigestible: DoTAX 2016 Tax Digest--87 Pages
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 1248 Views :: Taxes

This digest summarizes the Hawaii tax laws enacted during the 2016 Regular Session and the federal tax laws enacted during calendar year 2015....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hawaii Retroactive Tax Hikes Every Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1977 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

People get viscerally upset when you tell them they need to follow a rule they didn't know and couldn't have known....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Caldwell Raises Property Taxes 5.9% By Jacking up Assessments
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 1876 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Tomorrow, the city will send approximately 300,000 notices....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Only 3% of Hawaii Tobacco Taxes Used for Anti-Tobacco Programs
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 1645 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...The State is the senior partner in the tobacco industry....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 2803 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Taxes Reaching Back into the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1414 Views :: Taxes

If Dot Foods loses, none of us is safe....

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Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Homeowners with Exemptions Reminded to File State Tax Returns—Or Else!
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 2108 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...due to a change in requirements, those residents who have qualified for exemptions in the past must now file a state resident income tax form or risk being disqualified....

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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 3546 Views :: Economy, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

...OHA milked $12,684,000 from Harbors Division in 2015....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Is the Hawaii wharfage increase needed?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:50 AM :: 1923 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

...the cumulative effect is a 54.8% increase in Wharfage rates....

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Sunday, November 20, 2016
What TrumpTax May Mean For Hawaii
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:08 AM :: 1596 Views :: Taxes

The result of the general election earlier this month raises the possibility of a high magnitude shake-up in our federal tax system....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 1929 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tax Appeal Court Strikes Down Honolulu’s “Residential A”
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 1633 Views :: Taxes

...the classification ran afoul of three protections that the U.S. Constitution, and, to some extent, the Hawaii Constitution, provide under the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Privileges and Immunities Clause....

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Tuesday, November 08, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1402 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
When Is an Interstate Agreement Not an Agreement?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1157 Views :: Taxes

For a very long time, states have been wrestling with the problem of how much to tax entities operating in more than one state....

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Friday, November 04, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 1389 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 2078 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 1566 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DoE to Tax New Housing from Kalihi to Ala Moana?
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 2974 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...Public Hearings November 2 and 3, 2016....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Court: Caldwell’s Property Tax Scheme Illegal
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 2602 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Residential A Property Tax Classification Ruled Unconstitutional....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
DBEDT: Real Estate Investment Trusts in Hawaii--Analysis and Survey Results
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 1772 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

42 REITs were identified operating in Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Squirreling Away More Funds for the Zoo
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1554 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

In March, the Honolulu Zoo was denied re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the first time in its 100-year history....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 1709 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
HIDOT Touts $548M Unspent Federal Money as 'Significant Accomplishment'
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

As of the end of Fiscal Year 2016 Hawaii’s Pipeline balance is $548 million....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Why did Governor Ige get an F for fiscal policy?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:15 AM :: 1526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In total, Governor Ige increased spending by $1.8 billion since he took office....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hawaii Cellphone Tax 14.32%
By Tax Foundation @ 10:17 PM :: 1873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Excessive taxes and fees, especially regressive per-line taxes, impose a disproportionate burden on low-income consumers....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Honolulu Rail: From $4.6 B to $8.6 B In Eight Years. Now What?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 1628 Views :: Rail, Taxes

An average family of five would have to pay more than $1,000 per year just to complete rail....

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Sunday, October 02, 2016
HIDOT Fails to Answer -- $78K Administrative Cost Per Mile
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 3338 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

"...Our numbers come from the DOT submittals to the federal government for the HI state-owned road system, so if they are ‘wrong’ then the DOT needs to say why they submitted them ‘wrong’...."

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Sunday, October 02, 2016
Fuel for Thought
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1319 Views :: Taxes

...a $4 million federal grant to come up with a “reimagining” of the taxes we currently pay....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii Roads: More Buck for Less Bang
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:23 PM :: 2043 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Despite that heavy spending, Hawaii’s roads are the worst in the U.S. for urban pavement conditions ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii's 2017 ranking for Business Tax Climate includes a lesson for the legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 1324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

I have good news. Hawaii improved its position in the Index, moving up from 30th to 26th overall....

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Tax Cut Improves Hawaii Business Climate
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 PM :: 1436 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The expiration of temporary tax increases in Hawaii resulted in the elimination of the top three individual income tax brackets and the lowering of the top marginal rate from 11 to 8.25 percent....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Don’t Cry for Me, Cupertino
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1205 Views :: Taxes

...Apple owed Ireland 13 billion euros....

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Sunday, September 25, 2016
Ever Visit Another State For A Day? Congress May Stop That State From Assessing Income Tax On You
By Selected News Articles @ 3:31 AM :: 1519 Views :: Taxes

On September 21, the U.S. House passed H.R. 2315 by voice vote. It now goes to the Senate....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Taxes and tracking your odometer
By Rachelle Chang @ 9:27 PM :: 1531 Views :: Taxes

Recently, the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) revealed that it is considering a mileage-based user fee....

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Sunday, September 18, 2016
Taxation Boards of Review: Facing Extinction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1247 Views :: Taxes

In Hawaii, we have a beast called a Taxation Board of Review that is quickly following the dodo bird down the path to extinction....

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Friday, September 16, 2016
S&P, Fitch Upgrade Hawaii Bonds
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 1593 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...highest ever bond ratings and the strongest credit position the state has ever achieved in its history....

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Thursday, September 15, 2016
E-cigarette use linked to successful attempts to quit smoking
By News Release @ 4:22 AM :: 1576 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

...In 2015, use of e-cigarettes may have resulted in an additional 18,000 long-term ex-smokers in England....

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Sunday, September 11, 2016
Caldwell's Plan: Make Military Families Pay for Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1868 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

It seems that 15%-20% of our surcharge is being paid by “tourists” in the strict sense, but when you include military families and the federal government you do come up with a percentage closer to a third....

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Friday, September 09, 2016
Bag Ban: A Wealth Transfer from Customers to Big Grocers
By NCPA @ 5:32 AM :: 1855 Views :: Environment, Taxes

...retailers could gain an estimated $442 million in annual revenue from the sale of paper bags and reusable bags....

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Sunday, September 04, 2016
Mythbusting HART, Part 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1883 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Divide $200 million by 1 million people, and you get $200 a year per person....

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Saturday, September 03, 2016
The Average American Family Pays More Money in Regulations Than in Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:25 PM :: 1733 Views :: National News, Taxes

..."the cumulative effect for the economy from having our regulatory leviathan" is $1.8 trillion per year....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Fraud: Maui Glass Recycler Gets Year in Prison
By News Release @ 9:13 PM :: 2059 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

...Liu submitted false invoices to be paid from the state after being awarded a state contract to start a certified redemption center....

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Wednesday, August 31, 2016
Rail: Caldwell’s Dog n Pony Show Designed to Force GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 1973 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...FTA is reconsidering its recovery plan due date (to allow this to stretch into the Legislative session so Caldwell can use it to push a GE Tax hike)....

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
$4M for DoT to Study Ways to Raise Highway Taxes
By News Release @ 10:05 PM :: 2119 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“Our goal is to design a system for highways funding"

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Saturday, August 27, 2016
Hawaii The 2nd-Least Tax-Friendly State in the U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:21 PM :: 2253 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Our review of states’ fiscal health reveals crippling deficits and pension liabilities that could lead to future tax hikes, service cuts or both....

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Sunday, August 21, 2016
GEMS as a Target for Raiding?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2561 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Taxes

...it is very tempting when lawmakers find a large cache of unused money....

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