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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 2296 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 :: 2838 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 :: 2662 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 :: 4785 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 :: 1593 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 :: 1967 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 :: 4152 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 :: 2071 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 :: 1853 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 :: 1751 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 :: 2856 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 :: 2089 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 :: 2397 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 :: 2656 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 :: 2039 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 :: 4660 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 :: 1621 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 :: 2573 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 :: 1800 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 :: 1889 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 :: 2152 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 :: 2251 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 :: 2441 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 :: 1461 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 :: 2102 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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Thursday, June 08, 2017
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:35 AM :: 2384 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

All fifty states and the District of Columbia impose some tax on beer above and beyond the general sales tax....

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Thursday, June 08, 2017
GE Tax Hike Cornerstone of McDermott Plan to Rescue Rail
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:32 AM :: 2167 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...McDermott calls for Special Session....

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Friday, June 02, 2017
Supreme Court to Hear Rail Skim Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2396 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State of Hawaii on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 11:15 AM at the Supreme Court Courtroom....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Death Tax? Yes Hawaii Has One
By Tax Foundation @ 3:17 AM :: 1920 Views :: Taxes

...Fourteen states and the District of Columbia impose an estate tax....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
HB209: Tax credit to help poor really helps politicians
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:45 AM :: 2214 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...state lawmakers mostly would just be raising taxes on the rich and giving it to themselves....

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GEMS: A Raid by Any Other Name…
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2069 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

GEMS, as a program, has been a miserable failure, resulting primarily in a large wad of cash that is just sitting in the bank. That’s why our legislature got the bright idea to “use” it to prop up another miserable failure – the “Cool the Schools” initiative....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
HB209: Sneaky Legislators Limit Usefulness of Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 2181 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...but they didn't limit the oppressiveness of the income tax hike that went with it....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
State, Counties Pass Tax Hikes off to Each Other
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 1303 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties are all considering raising the property tax....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Which Places Pay the Most in Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:12 PM :: 1574 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of home values, so it follows that higher property taxes are paid where housing prices are higher than average....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
TrumpTax: Losing the State Tax Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1573 Views :: Taxes

On April 26, the Trump Administration released a document that contained a roadmap of sorts for an overhaul of the federal tax code....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 1947 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 3443 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How High Are Cigarette Taxes in Your State?–Hawaii Ranks 5th
By Tax Foundation @ 12:50 PM :: 2137 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

For this week’s map, we look at state cigarette tax rates across the country....

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Monday, May 08, 2017
Legislature acted responsibly in denying rail funding
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 2307 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Today's Star-Adv Labels what many consider a sensible decision as an “Epic Fail” in screaming all-caps....

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Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2946 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

...Shut up or we’ll make you pay for rail too....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
Rail: Senate Remains open to Negotiate with House
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1548 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...the Senate remains open to negotiate an agreement with the House to ensure adequate financing to complete the project, yet minimize the impact on the most vulnerable citizens of the community....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
De-Railing the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 1917 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the lack of dissent allows tax-and-spend policies to move smoothly through the Hawaii Legislature...until....

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Thursday, May 04, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 1804 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 31st at 21.5% of collections ....

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Video: House, Senate Fail to Agree on Rail Tax Hike
By Video @ 9:13 PM :: 1845 Views :: Rail, Taxes
If the two chambers can’t agree by Thursday, the funding bill will die….
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Tracking Tax Hike Bills: And Then There Were Two
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 PM :: 11759 Views :: Taxes

TAT Tax Hike for Rail and HSTA and a Massive Income tax Hike on Small Business Owners....

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Making Money at the County Level
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1562 Views :: Taxes

How does a county raise money?

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Which Places Benefit Most From State and Local Tax Deductions?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:01 AM :: 2135 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

There are two factors contributing to this regional variation. The first is that higher-income taxpayers tend to take larger deductions....The second factor for county-by-county variation is that state and local tax regimes differ substantially....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 3685 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?–Hawaii 7th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:54 PM :: 1799 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

On average, 23.3% of state and local tax revenues came from sales taxes in fiscal year 2014.  For Hawaii 37.6%....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
And the Winner is—Not Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:57 PM :: 2494 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The most recent version of Rich States, Poor States has been released, and once again, Hawaii ends up on the wrong end of that title....

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