Friday, June 21, 2024
Hawai'i Free Press

Current Articles | Archives

Entries for 'Tom Yamachika'

Sunday, August 28, 2022
Dept. of Education Welcomes Two New $190K Hires
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2145 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Labor

... in excess of $579,000 once fringe benefits are factored in ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 21, 2022
Can We Sack the GET?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1608 Views :: Taxes

... Why don’t we just get rid of it? ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 14, 2022
A GE Tax Exemption for Food
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:39 AM :: 1926 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... The three Democratic candidates for governor all support it ....

Read More..
Sunday, August 7, 2022
Addressing the Tax Crisis in Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1759 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... According to the Hawaii Physician Shortage Crisis Task Force, taxes are one of the reason for the shortage ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 31, 2022
We Need an Emergency Declaration for Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1796 Views :: Health Care, COVID-19

... with the current licensing requirements in place the workers won’t be able to work here until they get through a bunch of bureaucratic red tape.  The state of emergency could be used to bypass the licensing requirements ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 24, 2022
With Long COVID Comes Long Emergency Powers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1521 Views :: COVID-19

... In a case named For Our Rights vs. Ige, the Intermediate Court of Appeals held that there was nothing wrong with what the Administration did ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 17, 2022
It’s Tourism, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1845 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... folks who seem to rank high on the milking list:  tourists....

Read More..
Sunday, July 10, 2022
Can the State Tax Itself?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1890 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

... Tax Department wanted get a piece of the UH research grants ....

Read More..
Sunday, July 3, 2022
It’s the Economy, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1742 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics

... “2022’s Best and Worst State Economies.”  In that site, our humble little state had lots of reasons to be humble, coming in at a bottom-scraping 48th ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 26, 2022
Maui No Ka $$
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1762 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County proposes to spend more than One Billion Dollars in this fiscal year, a 26% increase over last fiscal year ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 19, 2022
We’ve Got Bills – Lots of Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1607 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... how Hawaii compares on the ten most common household bills ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 12, 2022
General Excise Tax on Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1624 Views :: Taxes

... Whether it be a bake sale, benefit dinner, or a silent auction, any income from an activity the primary purpose for which is raising money is GET taxable ....

Read More..
Sunday, June 5, 2022
The Kansas Experiment:  Ten Years Later
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1682 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... It would have increased the state sales tax and would have eliminated many tax credits and deductions.  The legislature, predictably, tossed out these offsets ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 29, 2022
Transit History
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1925 Views :: Hawaii History, Rail

... Fat chance of the Feds giving us that much now ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 22, 2022
If You Think Gas Prices Are Bad…
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1861 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there are a lot of different taxes that go into the price at the pump ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2043 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 8, 2022
Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1315 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Now the important deadlines are June 27, 2022, when the Governor needs to give notice of intent to veto a bill, and July 12, 2022, which is the deadline for the Governor to sign or veto any bills ....

Read More..
Sunday, May 1, 2022
To GET or Not to GET – SVOG and RRF Are the Questions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2038 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

“The general rule is that amounts received by a business that replace income are subject to GET."

Read More..
Sunday, April 24, 2022
Stealth Taxes in 2022
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2115 Views :: Taxes

... Lawmakers can be very crafty and propose things that don’t look like taxes ....

Read More..
Sunday, April 17, 2022
Once Upon a Rebate
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1749 Views :: Tax Credits

... Governor Dorothy’s two bills died in the Legislature ....

Read More..
Saturday, April 9, 2022
Auditor Persecution Continues
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2153 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Land Use

... DLNR Land Division failed to bill/collect the proper base rents for the Hilo Hawaiian Hotel lease and failed to collect over $500,000 ....

Read More..
Tuesday, April 5, 2022
The Great Earned Income Tax Credit Hunt
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:30 PM :: 2532 Views :: Tax Credits

... DoTax hides the EITC application form so you can't apply for the credit ....

Read More..
Sunday, April 3, 2022
A Tax Game-Changer for Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1802 Views :: Taxes

... some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2264 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 13, 2022
Non-Ad Valorem Property Tax Financing
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1608 Views :: Taxes

... HB 2088, creates a program where you could go to a lender, borrow money to make home improvements, and then repay the loan with payments that are added to your property tax bill ....

Read More..
Saturday, March 12, 2022
Halftime at the Legislature--What's Hot, and Not, in Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:56 AM :: 1440 Views :: Taxes

... Some that are likely to get resurrected or with their content inserted into another vehicle ....

Read More..
Sunday, March 6, 2022
Launching an Annual Attack on the Wealthy
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2316 Views :: Taxes

... “wealth tax” in Senate Bill 3182 ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 27, 2022
Blockbusters Buried in “Tax Administration”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1404 Views :: Taxes

... late filing penalties, which are now 5% a month but are capped at 25%, can go to 75% ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1805 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 13, 2022
DHHL, Spend Your Money!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2182 Views :: DHHL

... It’s 2022, and the agency is still working on 2014 and 2015 money ....

Read More..
Sunday, February 6, 2022
Tax Hikes Still on the Table
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2187 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallet ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 30, 2022
The Future of Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2345 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Want to pass one of these bills?  Go ahead, make my day! ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2904 Views :: Taxes

... Their recommendation:  “Tax pension and other retirement income...."

Read More..
Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

Read More..
Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 2038 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The 2022 Legislative Briefings will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays from 7:30 am- 8:30 am ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 9, 2022
TANF Hoarding
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2501 Views :: Family, Hawaii State Government

...  So what have we done with the federal TANF money?  We’ve let it pile up unused ....

Read More..
Sunday, January 2, 2022
Considering a Carbon Tax with Rebates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2297 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This is not the only recommendation the Tax Review Commission came up with ....

Read More..
Sunday, December 26, 2021
More on 'Green Fees'
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2101 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... a chance to get in front of lawmakers and argue that we aren’t being taxed enough ....

Read More..
Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2288 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

Read More..
Sunday, December 12, 2021
Foreign Trade Zone Kerfuffle
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1933 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... DoTax wants years of back GE Taxes ....

Read More..
Sunday, December 5, 2021
Ending Government by Fiat
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2026 Views :: Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

... a “state of emergency,” which causes the Governor’s powers to kick in, is supposed to terminate automatically after sixty days ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2996 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax Workers’ “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2414 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... In more recent years, the Hawaii Supreme Court has been giving the tax office even more help and protection ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 14, 2021
NOT the End of Gut-n-Replace
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2410 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... A person challenging a bill still needs to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the bill is unconstitutional.  And remember, it took a 3-2 vote to hold that recidivism and hurricane shelters are unrelated ....

Read More..
Sunday, November 7, 2021
Hike Traffic Fines for Profit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2261 Views :: Honolulu County, Police

... The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines .... 

Read More..
Sunday, October 31, 2021
The Perils of Being a Watch Doggie
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3300 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, OHA

... The story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent .... 

Read More..
Sunday, October 24, 2021
​Where Is the Value from Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1673 Views :: Taxes

... So now let’s pose a challenge ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 17, 2021
No, DOE, You’re Not God
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2677 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, COVID-19

... DOE told HSTA the Governor’s Emergency Proclamation suspends Hawaii law governing collective bargaining in public employment ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 10, 2021
HART Makes Up Its Voting Rules
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3155 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... The memo concludes that the State did not have the power under the Hawaii Constitution to provide for four extra HART board members.  Thus, we can basically ignore the extra folks and conduct business as if they weren’t around ....

Read More..
Sunday, October 3, 2021
What can Hawaii Learn from Tax Reform in the Cornhusker State?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1800 Views :: Taxes

... “Growing the Good Life Begins Here” ....

Read More..
Page 3 of 12First   Previous   1  2  [3]  4  5  6  7  8  9  10  Next   Last   
Links

TEXT "follow HawaiiFreePress" to 40404

Register to Vote

2aHawaii

Aloha Pregnancy Care Center

AntiPlanner

Antonio Gramsci Reading List

A Place for Women in Waipio

Ballotpedia Hawaii

Broken Trust

Build More Hawaiian Homes Working Group

Christian Homeschoolers of Hawaii

Cliff Slater's Second Opinion

DVids Hawaii

FIRE

Fix Oahu!

Frontline: The Fixers

Genetic Literacy Project

Grassroot Institute

Habele.org

Hawaii Aquarium Fish Report

Hawaii Aviation Preservation Society

Hawaii Catholic TV

Hawaii Christian Coalition

Hawaii Cigar Association

Hawaii ConCon Info

Hawaii Debt Clock

Hawaii Defense Foundation

Hawaii Family Forum

Hawaii Farmers and Ranchers United

Hawaii Farmer's Daughter

Hawaii Federation of Republican Women

Hawaii History Blog

Hawaii Jihadi Trial

Hawaii Legal News

Hawaii Legal Short-Term Rental Alliance

Hawaii Matters

Hawaii Military History

Hawaii's Partnership for Appropriate & Compassionate Care

Hawaii Public Charter School Network

Hawaii Rifle Association

Hawaii Shippers Council

Hawaii Together

HiFiCo

Hiram Fong Papers

Homeschool Legal Defense Hawaii

Honolulu Navy League

Honolulu Traffic

House Minority Blog

Imua TMT

Inouye-Kwock, NYT 1992

Inside the Nature Conservancy

Inverse Condemnation

July 4 in Hawaii

Land and Power in Hawaii

Lessons in Firearm Education

Lingle Years

Managed Care Matters -- Hawaii

MentalIllnessPolicy.org

Missile Defense Advocacy

MIS Veterans Hawaii

NAMI Hawaii

Natatorium.org

National Parents Org Hawaii

NFIB Hawaii News

NRA-ILA Hawaii

Obookiah

OHA Lies

Opt Out Today

Patients Rights Council Hawaii

Practical Policy Institute of Hawaii

Pritchett Cartoons

Pro-GMO Hawaii

RailRipoff.com

Rental by Owner Awareness Assn

Research Institute for Hawaii USA

Rick Hamada Show

RJ Rummel

School Choice in Hawaii

SenatorFong.com

Talking Tax

Tax Foundation of Hawaii

The Real Hanabusa

Time Out Honolulu

Trustee Akina KWO Columns

Waagey.org

West Maui Taxpayers Association

What Natalie Thinks

Whole Life Hawaii