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Friday, March 16, 2018
Hawaii Legislative Session: Victories and Challenges for Small Business
By News Release @ 8:02 PM :: 386 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...from National Federation of Independent Business-Hawaii....

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Saturday, February 24, 2018
Vacation Rental Home Is "Public Accommodation" -- Lesbians are Mandatory
By Robert Thomas @ 3:15 AM :: 1155 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

...the court held they could be held liable, even though it is their home, first concluding that renting out a room in your home qualifies as offering a public accommodation, even though it is your residence....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Pandering to Dem Base with Fake Issue: Hawaii Sues FCC over Net Neutrality
By Selected News Articles @ 1:21 PM :: 745 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...politicians striking a fashionable pose against corporations and business, fearmongering by special interest groups with an agenda....

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Friday, February 23, 2018
Hawaii Bill Banning Plastic Straws Based on Research by a 9-Year-Old
By Selected News Articles @ 3:04 AM :: 2028 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the oft-cited, debate-driving statistic that Americans use 500 million plastic straws a day is the product of a 9-year-old's guesstimations....

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Thursday, February 15, 2018
Hawaii Legislators Grasping at Straws
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:36 PM :: 838 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

...A bill proposed in the Hawaii Legislature would ban the use of plastic straws. But the problem runs much deeper than the straw bill....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
2018 Employment Bills Introduced
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 718 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...Want to know what labor and employment bills will be considered during this year’s legislative session?....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
Minimum Wage: Good intentions don’t always equal good policy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:38 PM :: 732 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...SB2291 would raise the minimum wage in Hawaii to $15 an hour by 2020....

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Friday, February 09, 2018
‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane
By Joe Kent @ 2:19 AM :: 906 Views :: First Amendment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers ....

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Thursday, February 08, 2018
50-State Corporate Income Tax Rates and Brackets for 2018
By Tax Foundation @ 10:43 AM :: 859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Forty-four states levy a corporate income tax. Rates range from 3 percent in North Carolina to 12 percent in Iowa....

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Wednesday, February 07, 2018
Ige Asks Legislators to 'Governmentize' Services
By Joe Kent @ 4:11 AM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

...HB 2368 and SB 2795 would begin replacing private contractors with civil service employees....

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Friday, February 02, 2018
Hawaii Chamber of Commerce Introduces Legislative Package
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 900 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Bill to address Adams v. CDM court ruling (HB2201/SB2993)....

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018
Report: Hawaii is an Expensive Place to Get Married
By Selected News Articles @ 2:47 PM :: 869 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...the cost only adds more stress, with the average couple shelling out over $35,000 for their big day....

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Tuesday, January 30, 2018
Wage floor great for robots
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 701 Views :: Labor, Small Business’s not a living wage if you’ve been replaced by a robot....

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Friday, January 26, 2018
Hawaii Fishermen’s Alliance and Aquarium Fishery Team Up To Save Industry, Protect Environment
By News Release @ 9:28 PM :: 985 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

“...The state has a responsibility to ensure its natural resources are managed in a scientifically credible way for the benefit of all its citizens. We look forward to being partners in this important work....”

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
SB2003: Hawaii Senate urged to drop ornamental fish ban
By News Release @ 12:23 PM :: 798 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Senate Bill 2003, which is being heard by the Senate Land & Water Committee on Friday, bans the issue of all new aquarium fishing licenses....

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Thursday, January 25, 2018
New bills could make life difficult for Hawaii vapers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 AM :: 882 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Last Friday, Hawaii’s state senate introduced a bill that threatens to make it much harder to open a new vape shop. Now it’s emerged that another bill put forward at the same time could ban all online sales of vapor products....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
EPA Shuts 19 Illegal Cesspools, $500K Fines
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 743 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s enforcement actions this year in Hawaii resulted in closures of 19 large capacity cesspools (LCC) and over $500,000 in fines....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Hawaii 2nd-Fewest Car Repair Shops per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 PM :: 986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Auto Repair Shops per Capita – 49th ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2018
SB2654: Tax E-Liquids, Ban Online Tobacco Purchases
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 AM :: 957 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...adds e-liquid to the definition of “tobacco products”, which would make all provisions of the cigarette tax and tobacco tax law that relate to tobacco products applicable to e-liquid....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Maui Recycling Center Shut Down Due to State Non-Payment
By News Release @ 7:53 PM :: 997 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...This closure is due to a delay in payments from the Department of Health. Once the back payments have been received, operations will resume as normal....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
State doubles fee for marine licenses
By News Release @ 4:13 AM :: 869 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... whether they’re full-time fishers or “weekend warriors” ....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Another Lawsuit: Chin Jumps on Net Neutrality Bandwagon
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 892 Views :: First Amendment, Politicians, Small Business

...Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin joined 22 state attorneys general today in filing a multistate lawsuit to block the Federal Communications Commission’s 'illegal'rollback of net neutrality....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Chin Letter: Weed Plus Banking Equals Campaign Contributions
By News Release @ 3:47 AM :: 976 Views :: Politicians, Small Business, Drugs

Attorney General Chin said, “Banks and other depository institutions are currently hindered by federal law from providing financial services to cannabis businesses....”

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Honolulu Lowest Pay for STEM Professionals in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 919 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...and the most unaffordable housing....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Permit Purgatory--Cost of Housing on the Rise
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 1043 Views :: Republican Party, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawai'i has the longest average wait time for a building or construction permit - 17 months....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
New Catamaran Delivered for West Oahu dolphin tours
By Michael Hansen @ 1:45 AM :: 2144 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...the vessel is already in service and hosting tours along the West side of Oahu....

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Tuesday, January 09, 2018
HDoT Negativity: Ferry not Feasible
By News Release @ 2:58 PM :: 999 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Small Business

...that which has been done can no longer be done....

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Sunday, January 07, 2018
Why save the Hawaii Aquarium Fishery?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 1444 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...We need legislation to save the fishery and all DLNR ocean issued-permit businesses....

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Friday, January 05, 2018
DLNR: West Hawaii Aquarium Fishing Permits Stopped Pending Environmental Review
By News Release @ 6:20 PM :: 1048 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...applying a Hawai‘i Supreme Court ruling from last year to an existing DLNR rule....

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Thursday, January 04, 2018
Fishermen Settle Labor-Trafficking Case
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 772 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...“We hope it becomes a model for all captains who want to do right by their immigrant crew.”....

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Thursday, December 28, 2017
9th Circuit Gives Enviros New Way to Shut Down Hawaii Fishing Fleet
By Selected News Articles @ 1:31 AM :: 1523 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...It's turtles this time....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Payday Lending: Legislature to Consider New Regulations?
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 770 Views :: Small Business

...Hawai‘i legalized payday lending in 1999 as a way to regulate the check cashing business.... 

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Friday, December 08, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 1062 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Monday, December 04, 2017
Trump: Major Changes in Management of Federal Monuments
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 1211 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...Interior will make sure local voices are not drowned out by “large, well-funded NGOs and special interests”....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 983 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 2511 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Will Legislators Block Shutdown of All Ocean Users?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 1218 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Thanks to the State Supreme Court's September 6, 2017 aquarium fishing decision, all ocean users now face the same fate as aquarium fishers--shut down awaiting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Reason: Why Does Hawaii Hate American Workers?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 1135 Views :: Small Business

...In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one of many occupations under the thumbs of state regulators....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 2188 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hawaii Professionals -- more licensing, fewer requirements
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 1156 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Institute for Justice finds Hawaii to be ‘most burdensome’ in USA due to the large number of professions requiring licensure.   In contrast, the Wisconsin study finds Hawaii to be the 'least burdensome' based on an analysis of 10 specific professions and the requirements to attain license in each....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 1352 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 1000 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Fake Data Behind Coral Bleaching Report
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 3537 Views :: Environment, Small Business the early 1900s Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other pelagic fish, were reported in the commercial reef fish data. Then they separated the pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline....

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Sunday, November 05, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 1452 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
What Can Hawaii Learn From Google
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 914 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Kelii Akina and Ray Tsuchiyama discuss applying the lessons of Google to the future of Hawaii....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
AG Chin: Constitution Dictates Mandatory Gay Cakes
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 1420 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Karma: Supreme Court Aquarium Ruling may apply to Dive Tour Operators
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 1868 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The Supreme Court Ruling will have far reaching impacts on all ocean permits issued by DLNR....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Should Surfrider be Licensed to Pass Out Property Tax Exemptions?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1657 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Recently, the Honolulu City Council approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.”...

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 1592 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Corporate Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 14th
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 1141 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii dropped from 11th for 2017 to 14th for 2018....

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