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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Do We Really Have a Spending Ceiling?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 196 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

...another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health—and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it....

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
HSTA Property Tax: Two Wolves Fight Over Dinner
By Robert Thomas @ 2:12 AM :: 431 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor, Taxes

...the lambs (the voters and taxpayers) didn't have much of a say as usual, and portions of the arguments revealed what these folks think about the intelligence of the average Hawaii voter....

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Saturday, October 20, 2018
ConAm: Supreme Court Strikes Down HSTA Poison Pill
By Andrew Walden @ 1:03 AM :: 1200 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...HSTA members should note that their leadership has been played for the fools that they are....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
More taxes won’t cure our ills
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:18 PM :: 210 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...even a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice isn’t sure who is supposed to pay....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Most Regressive Tax System in USA
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 304 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...only Washington State taxes the poor more than Hawaii....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Video: Hawaii AG Tells Supreme Court 'Vote No' on HSTA Property Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 5:18 PM :: 833 Views :: Education K-12, Judiciary, Labor, Taxes

... There was laughter heard from the audience ....

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Thursday, October 18, 2018
Ranking Sales Taxes on the 2019 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 3:38 PM :: 207 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 24th....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Why ConAm Will Hurt Teachers and Keiki
By Video @ 4:16 AM :: 248 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...law professor Randall Roth and entrepreneur Stanley Lau are leading a community movement that says the measure will actually hurt teachers and our school children....

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Saturday, October 13, 2018
Kiplinger: Hawaii Among Least tax-Friendly States
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 467 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...The Aloha State, one of Kiplinger's top ten least tax-friendly states, is known for its high cost of living — and high taxes....

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Thursday, October 11, 2018
Individual Income Taxes--Hawaii 4th-Highest
By Tax Foundation @ 6:17 PM :: 644 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...The poorest-performing states on this year’s individual income tax component are New Jersey, California, New York, Hawaii, and Minnesota....

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Sunday, October 07, 2018
Guess Which Agency May Be Forgoing Millions in Federal Dollars?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 469 Views :: Education K-12, Health Care, Taxes

...It is very tempting for a DOE administrator to think, “There’s no benefit for us if we do all this work because the Legislature needs to fund us anyway...."

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Friday, October 05, 2018
Supreme Court to Hear Counties’ Challenge to HSTA Rent tax
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 619 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Hawai‘i Supreme Court has scheduled oral argument on the proposed constitutional amendment on Thursday, October 18 at 8:45 a.m. at Aliʻiōlani Hale....

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Tax Hike on Renters? HSTA Trots out old Front Groups
By News Release @ 8:52 PM :: 433 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Parents for Public Schools of Hawaii was Founded in 2009 when Hawaii public schools were closed for 17 “Furlough Fridays”....

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Constitutional Amendment Ballot Measure Will Raise Cost of Living -- Funds may not go to Public Education
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 973 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Those opposed to the constitutional amendment attending the news conference today stood outside a modest, family-owned walk-up apartment on Date Street, valued at approximately $1.5 million, to draw attention to the type of investment properties that would be impacted by the new tax....

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Tuesday, October 02, 2018
HSTA Operatives Set School Protest in Push to Tax Renters
By News Release @ 3:40 AM :: 505 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Tuesday, Oct. 2 from 7 to 8 a.m....

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 670 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This law, which we have discussed before, recently has been used to create a “school impact district” that goes from Kalihi to Ala Moana.... 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
HSTA Rent Tax: 14 Groups Support Counties Appeal to Supreme Court
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:36 PM :: 676 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...The Tax Foundation of Hawaii, a nonprofit taxpayer watchdog organization, together with 14 other organizations, businesses, and individuals, submitted a court filing supporting the Counties’ request that the Hawaii Supreme Court void the ballot measure for school funds....

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Thursday, September 27, 2018
Business Tax Climate--Hawaii Ranks 38th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:58 PM :: 405 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii 4th-worst 'Individual Income Tax'....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
'Education Tax' -- $21K per House
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:52 PM :: 1007 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...A proposed state “surcharge” on “investment real property” to fund public education could result in county property taxes statewide going up by an average of $21,005....

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Monday, September 24, 2018
No way new tax won’t cost us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:57 PM :: 487 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...advocates of the so-called education tax have been strangely quiet about how much it will be....

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Sunday, September 23, 2018
Say It’s a Tax!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 548 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Taxes

...the ballot question doesn’t say anything at all about tax.  Does that make the ballot question misleading or deceptive?....  

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Hawaii State Taxes $6,084 per Capita
By Tax Foundation @ 3:06 PM :: 557 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...​How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?....

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Sunday, September 16, 2018
Historic Homes--$2M Tax Exemption Gift to 342 Households
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 776 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...the City is giving the exemption to 342 homes and forgoing taxation on $600 million in property value, translating to a revenue loss exceeding $2 million....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
VIDEO: 'Problematic' HSTA Rental Tax
By Video @ 5:40 PM :: 714 Views :: Hawaii County , Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...Two public forums have been set to help educate voters....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
July-Aug 2018: GE Tax Collections up 0.4%
By News Release @ 10:00 PM :: 413 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...For FY 2019, cumulative collections of the GET are up by 0.4% from last fiscal year....

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Hawaii Sales Taxes Highest Per Capita in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 4:56 PM :: 593 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii’s sales tax base is broader than economists recommend, applying not just to final consumer products and services, but also to many business-to-business transactions. This results in multiple layers of taxation on the same product or service....

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Sunday, September 09, 2018
Taking Exemptions Without Really Knowing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 521 Views :: Taxes

...These days, our General Excise Tax (GET) contains exemptions and reduced rates that are supposed to reflect commercial reality but often contain leaps of faith....

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Saturday, September 08, 2018
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 12:45 AM :: 629 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii ranks 41st collecting $76 per capita....

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Friday, September 07, 2018
‘Education tax’ a Pandora's box
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:26 PM :: 688 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...The best laid plans, we are told, often go awry ... “Especially when it comes to politicians counting on revenue from tax hikes.”....

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Wednesday, September 05, 2018
HSTA Rental Tax: Expedited Hearing for Counties Lawsuit
By News Release @ 10:48 PM :: 814 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Office of Elections, Taxes

...After amended complaints were filed, the state Office of Elections said the ballot will not have a title....

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Sunday, September 02, 2018
Kauai Cash Grab: Long wait for Homeowners Property Tax Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 963 Views :: Kauai County, Ethics, Taxes

...How long do you think it takes between buying a home on Kauai and having the “home exemption” effective for real property tax there?....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
November Ballot: Understanding the constitutional amendment questions
By Video @ 5:22 PM :: 1681 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Understanding the constitutional amendment questions on the ballot....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
Arizona ruling shows Hawaii ballot question vulnerable
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 PM :: 759 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

...An "education tax" proposal similar to Hawaii's was held back from voters for being vague....

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Saturday, September 01, 2018
State tax first of many?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:13 AM :: 884 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...In Hawaii, we are now looking at one of the most popular of all tax solutions: passing the costs to a nebulous “other.”....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
Is Hawaii Ready to Tax Internet Sellers?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:40 PM :: 559 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State should proceed only after making legislative changes....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
DoE to Impose Multi-Million Dollar Housing Tax Kalihi to Ala Moana Starting October 1
By News Release @ 1:11 AM :: 1941 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...To date, HIDOE has collected a combined $4.7 million in school impact fees in Leeward Oahu, West Maui and Central Maui....

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Sunday, August 26, 2018
Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 795 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...Maybe it’s just a question of semantics....

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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Weekends Safe from Cackling Lawyers?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 851 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals....

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Saturday, August 11, 2018
New rail taxes after election?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 AM :: 1112 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...talk of “recovery plans,” new bonds and property tax dollars allocated to rail inevitably raises the spectre of new rail taxes....

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Wednesday, August 08, 2018
Hawaii -- 4th-Highest Gas Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 1:21 PM :: 831 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii gas taxes average $0.4788 per gallon ....

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Sunday, August 05, 2018
Wayfair – Playing Catch-Up
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 975 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...One good thing is that Hawaii has made its position known early, so that those businesses who choose to compete in our marketplace will know what the rules are....

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Thursday, August 02, 2018
Grassroot Institute releases report on fixing pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:29 PM :: 1022 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...how to bring under control the almost $13 billion in unfunded liabilities of Hawaii’s public pension system....

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Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Wayfair Switch in Time
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 854 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...In late June, the U.S. Supreme Court decided the Wayfair v. South Dakota case. It was a huge turning point in constitutional law involving the ability of states to tax “online sellers”....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
How to resolve Hawaii’s public pension debt crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 PM :: 1979 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is releasing a new report that outlines how policymakers could resolve Hawaii’s financially dangerous public pension crisis....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Indictment: 24 New Jersey Residents Allegedly Defraud Hawaii DoTax
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2647 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes

...The defendants, led by a tax preparer and her husband, allegedly attempted to steal over $400,000....

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Sunday, July 22, 2018
Who Can We Beat Up with Property Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1106 Views :: Taxes

....the possibility of new state-mandated property taxes....

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Friday, July 13, 2018
Retroactive Internet Sales Tax--DoTax Chickens Out
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 1242 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...“To avoid any constitutional concerns, the department will not retroactively administer Act 41....” 

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Friday, July 13, 2018
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:42 AM :: 772 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii 44th at 0.8%....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Ige Vetoes Eight -- Allows Law Enforcement Standards Board to Become Law
By News Release @ 8:45 PM :: 1328 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Police, Taxes

...Gov. David Ige has notified legislative leaders and key lawmakers that he is vetoing eight out of 11 bills on his Intent to Veto list....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
GEMS for Insiders: Polynesian Cultural Center First to Take Advantage of On-Bill Financing
By News Release @ 8:34 PM :: 1946 Views :: Energy, Ethics, Tax Credits, Taxes

...PCC will finance systems totaling 413 kilowatts (kw), with flexibility to install additional systems and features. The agreement marks the first commercial on-bill financing project in Hawaii using the Hawaii Green Infrastructure Authority's recently launched Green Energy Money $aver (GEM$)On-Bill program....

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