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Sunday, February 18, 2024
The ConAm Returns Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 568 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... The Counties all oppose this bill ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hoarding School Impact Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 918 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

... since 2007, not one thin dime has been spent out of the school impact fees collected ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
What Were They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1117 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the process to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff has begun ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1154 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Will Tax Relief be on Agenda for 2024?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 979 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... In the 2023 legislative session, that legislation was amended beyond recognition in both the House and Senate ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
More Tax Hikes Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1600 Views :: Taxes

... It isn’t very far into the new year, but already the tax hike proposals have begun ....

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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Tax Word Find
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1028 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... remedy the consequences of some other folks who dropped the ball ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1939 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Merry Wet Christmas for Honolulu BWS
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3052 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Honolulu consumers will be subjected to a double whammy next year ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
School Non-Spending
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1238 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government

... the Department of Education approached the Department of Budget and Finance with a list of about $900 million in projects that it didn’t think it could move before the funding for the project ran out of time ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The Two Gorillas Still Menace the Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:14 AM :: 1614 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor

 ... The names of the two gorillas are ERS and EUTF ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Population: Still Losing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1262 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Are we going to put more pressure on our taxpayer base to dig into their pockets ever more deeply? ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wholesaling:  What You Don’t Know
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1279 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... you as a taxpayer can never really know, but you can protect yourself ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
The Lahaina Recovery Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1265 Views :: Maui County, Energy

... Claimants who want a distribution from the fund agree not to sue the fund contributors ....

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
Owning in a Burn Zone
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1933 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use

“... It’s absurd, the socialist mentality, they think they own the land ....”

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1450 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Sunday, October 29, 2023
Upsetting the Apple Cart in 24-Year-Old Litigation
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1138 Views :: DHHL, Judiciary

... One of the longest running court cases in modern history is Kalima v. State ....

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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hawaii the Sinkhole State
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2217 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... fat, dumb, and happy ....

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Sunday, October 15, 2023
Tourists, Keep Out!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1758 Views :: Maui County, Tourism

... government should not be there to take choices away ....

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Monday, October 9, 2023
Aiming the Cannon at Monster Homes
By Tom Yamachika @ 3:50 AM :: 1702 Views :: Honolulu County, Development

... Bill 52 provides an initial fine of $25,000, plus $10,000 per day without an upper limit ....

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Sunday, October 8, 2023
Who Really Pays?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1674 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Ethics, Development

... the costs of corruption, fraud, and related bad behavior ....

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Let the Donor Beware
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:46 AM :: 1782 Views :: Democratic Party, Maui County, Ethics

... the fund directs the user to a page on ActBlue, a fund-raising platform used by Democrats ....

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Sunday, September 24, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1842 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Challenging the Housing Czar
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1722 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Development, Land Use

... Threats of violence ....

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
Taxing Government Benefits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1587 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Legitimate questions now need to be asked about whether the government is going to want to take back some of that Lahaina money in taxes .... 

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Tax Deadlines on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1582 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... On August 18, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service announced “expansive tax relief” for Hawaii wildfire victims ....

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Sunday, August 27, 2023
Lahaina Scammers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1818 Views :: Maui County, Ethics

... there is a darker side ....

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Sunday, August 20, 2023
Whether DOE Should Have a Monopoly on Our Kids
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:06 AM :: 1671 Views :: Education K-12

... not all of it has been peachy ....

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Sunday, August 13, 2023
A Different Kind of Emergency in Government
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2065 Views :: DHHL

... They need to spend money.  Quickly ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Taking No Prisoners in California
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2195 Views :: Taxes

... The current DoTax administration has told practitioners that he is more open to settling cases to whittle down the backlog of tax appeals ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Getting Kids to School in Kihei
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2302 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12

... In early 2020, when DoE approached Maui County for permits, it said that the design of the pedestrian overpass was already started and projected for it to be built in 2022 and 2023 ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2023
Study the Empty Homes Tax Again?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2471 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Folks on the Neighbor Islands:  Don’t laugh. You might be next! ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2023
How Not to Cool the Schools
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2079 Views :: Education K-12, Energy

... facilities geniuses at our DOE came up with the idea ....

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Sunday, July 9, 2023
The Budget Is Signed
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1599 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... At the ceremony, the Governor made clear that tax relief, especially for ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) families, is still on the table.  There will be a Phase 2, he said, apparently targeting the 2024 legislative session ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
Cronyism: The 2023 Intent to Veto List
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1472 Views :: Taxes

... cronyism, revenge and retribution -- someone's been sandbagging ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 1794 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... Sometimes it takes a bad situation to make another bad situation better.  This might be one of those times ....

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Sunday, June 18, 2023
A Dirty Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2103 Views :: Environment, Development, Tax Credits

... five blind monks trying to describe an elephant ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Fevella’s Film Feud
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2088 Views :: Ethics, Labor

... Apparently Fevella filed a personnel complaint against the head of the Hawaii Film Office, Donne Dawson, to emphasize this point ....

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Sunday, June 4, 2023
Hawaii’s Shadow Budget
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1863 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Hawaii State Government

“...ready, fire, aim....”

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Sunday, May 28, 2023
GET on Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1991 Views :: Health Care, Military, Taxes, Cost of Living

... One of the bills in this past legislative session that fell to the cutting room floor when it probably shouldn’t have was Senate Bill 1035, which would have exempted medical services provided by health care providers if the services were paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
Another Rainy Day Slush Fund
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1761 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... The HHRF shut down in 2002.  It's fund still has $186.7M today ....

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Sunday, May 14, 2023
Ding Dong, the Green Fee is Dead
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2082 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... The bill containing the fee proposal, Senate Bill 304, did not survive the conference committee process. ...

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Sunday, May 7, 2023
Tax Relief, RIP
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2026 Views :: Tax Credits

... every one of the tax credit enhancements has been given only a five-year life.  All of them go away on January 1, 2028 ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Some Winners and Losers in the 2023 Session
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 PM :: 2134 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Tax Relief Shell Game Ends, and Broad-Based Relief Didn’t Make It ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Production Credit Hijinx
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2176 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... After deferring the measure multiple times, WAM amended the bill to add two new provisions:  a section allowing tax credits for building a film studio, and a section making extensive amendments to the administration of the existing production credit.  This was done without the benefit of a public hearing ....

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Sunday, April 23, 2023
TANF Hoarding, Continued
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2074 Views :: Hawaii State Government

... Hawaii was called out by the nonprofit newsroom ProPublica in 2022 for letting TANF money gather dust in some dark corner instead of putting it to use helping families and children ....

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Sunday, April 16, 2023
It Isn’t Over Until It’s Over
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2427 Views :: Education K-12, Ethics, Tax Credits

... In the meantime, lawmakers have been figuring out how to bypass conventional learning about when a bill is dead. Here is one example ....

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Monday, April 10, 2023
Tax Hikes: Where Hawai'i Fits in National Trends
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:42 PM :: 2082 Views :: Taxes

... Wealth tax, proposed simultaneously in seven states including Hawaii ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
Hope for Tax Relief Still Alive
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1856 Views :: Taxes

... only one Senate committee, Ways & Means, will be entrusted with the fate of all three bills ....

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Sunday, April 2, 2023
Legislative Madness
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1866 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government

... “It’s just four months of chaos" ....

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