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Friday, October 14, 2016
HIDOT Touts $548M Unspent Federal Money as 'Significant Accomplishment'
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 1562 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 :: 1440 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 :: 1784 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 :: 1538 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 :: 3161 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 :: 1229 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 :: 1880 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 Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 1220 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 :: 1321 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 :: 1116 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 :: 1428 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 :: 1465 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 :: 1167 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 :: 1472 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 :: 1437 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 :: 1740 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 :: 1727 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 :: 1789 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 :: 1639 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 :: 1902 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 :: 1879 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 :: 1993 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 :: 2140 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 :: 2407 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Taxes

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

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists pay only 14.1% of Rail Surcharge
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 PM :: 3218 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the math is so simple that even a Mayor could do it....

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Sunday, August 14, 2016
The Little Engine that Could?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1140 Views :: Taxes

...it’s daunting to add up the numbers that are being bandied about....

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Saturday, August 13, 2016
Watch Out for Rising Taxes in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:42 AM :: 1124 Views :: Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers will likely attempt to raise taxes next year to pay for new record spending levels....

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Tuesday, August 09, 2016
Hawaii Court Orders Online Travel Companies to Pay Rental Car Taxes
By News Release @ 4:16 AM :: 1420 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...expected to be in the millions of dollars....

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Sunday, July 31, 2016
Time for the Subcontract Deduction to Be Upended? Hafa Adai!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1277 Views :: Taxes

The special treatment applies only to subcontractors....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Hawaii Capital Gains Taxes 29.2%
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 PM :: 3298 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the combined federal, state, and local rate paid by the taxpayer on capital gains income....

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Sunday, July 24, 2016
The “Turn Back the Clock Award”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1089 Views :: Taxes

...a tax bill that tries to reverse progress made toward fairness and taxpayer rights....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Even With Economy Booming, HART Claims GE Taxes Running Short of Projections
By News Release @ 10:12 PM :: 1102 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...roughly $44 million less than projected....

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Friday, July 22, 2016
Tax Hike Coming: Rail ‘Recovery’ Plan to Remain Hidden Until After Election
By Rep Charles Djou @ 9:53 PM :: 2400 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Now that the rail project is facing a short fall of at least $1.5 billion, using Caldwell's own math, it means the mayor needs to increase real property tax rates by at least 50% to 65% ....

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Thursday, July 21, 2016
Hawaii 3rd Highest Excise Taxes in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:29 PM :: 1426 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of the most common excise taxes include gas taxes, cigarette taxes, and taxes on the purchase of beer, wine, and liquor....

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Sunday, July 17, 2016
No Tax Hike? Then Wait 20 Years for Your Roads!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1394 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

...the Code doesn’t require an earmarked tax before an agency can commit....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
State and Local Sales Taxes: How Does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 4:48 PM :: 1671 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The sales taxes in Hawaii and South Dakota have bases that include many services and so are not strictly comparable to other sales taxes....

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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Former AG: Hawaii’s Short-Term Rental Regulation Preempted By Federal Law
By News Release @ 2:06 AM :: 2569 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

“There are ... concerns about the legality of 2015’s Act 204.... It is our hope that Governor Ige will allow HB 1850 to become law...."

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Sunday, July 03, 2016
General Excise Tax Hits Charities Twice
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1216 Views :: Taxes

...the Department has been raking in the retail rate GET from both the charities and the catering providers....

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Friday, July 01, 2016
Hawaii Property Taxes Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:33 PM :: 1354 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the lowest effective rate at 0.28 percent....

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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Condominium and Community Associations: File or Else!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1834 Views :: Taxes

Someone needs to take remedial action before the thermonuclear bomb hits....

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Hawaii #1 in Percentage of Transportation Costs Funded by Fuel Taxes, Registration Fees
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 1421 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The share of infrastructure expenditures funded by tolls, user fees, and user taxes ranges from 14.3 percent in Alaska to 79.8 percent in Hawaii....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Why Do We Tax Shipping?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2449 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...making the shipping more expensive and thereby directly adding to the cost of living....

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Saturday, June 11, 2016
Hawaii Wine Tax: $1.38 Per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 AM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... California's wine tax is only $0.20 ....

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Saturday, June 04, 2016
Hawaii Taxes the Spirit at $5.98 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 1395 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
HECO Customers Keep Paying On Unused $144 Million GEMS Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 5:06 PM :: 2108 Views :: Energy, Taxes

For a short while earlier this year, it looked as though the $144 million in the state’s bond-financed Green Energy Market Securitization (GEMS) account might actually get used....

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Sunday, May 29, 2016
Will They Come for You Next?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1461 Views :: Taxes

A U.S. Supreme Court case decided in April shows us the extent to which some tax agencies will go in order to enforce their laws....

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Hawaii one of only 14 States to Tax the Dead
By Selected News Articles @ 4:42 PM :: 1703 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...In addition to the federal estate tax of 40 percent....

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Sunday, May 22, 2016
How Taxes Work
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1629 Views :: Taxes

Every day, ten men go out for dinner....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
UHERO: How State Shares Transient Accommodation Tax With Counties
By UHERO @ 9:49 PM :: 1329 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

This paper examines Hawaii’s recent effort at developing a model to allocate the state’s transient accommodation tax....

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Thursday, May 12, 2016
Marijuana Legalization and State Taxes
By Tax Foundation @ 3:29 PM :: 1844 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Drugs

...two studies that serve as guides for legislators, the media, and the public as to the state of marijuana taxation today and the implications of taxing marijuana in the future....

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