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Friday, June 14, 2024
$11.3B Loss: Elimination of TVRs Would Drive Hawaii into Economic Depression
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 177 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Small Business, Tourism

... Study shows short-term rentals generated $2.2 billion in economic activity for Maui and $11.3 billion across Hawaii in 2023 ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Some History Behind the Newly Enacted Healthcare GET Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 360 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... House Finance was persuaded to resurrect SB 1035.  It then went to Conference Committee, and it came up with a version that both houses then passed ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 356 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Dealing with the Insurance Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 934 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... premiums are rising at astronomical rates ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 765 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 764 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Targeting scapegoats affects us all
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 594 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
SB930 Signed into Law: New Rental Application Fee Rules
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 674 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... the law prohibits a landlord from charging an applicant for a residential dwelling unit, a tenant screening fee that is more than the actual cost to obtain information ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2298 Coffee Labeling Bill Pushes Back on Blenders
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1323 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... any coffee labeled or advertised with a Hawaiʻi geographic origin must consist of at least fifty-one percent coffee by weight from that geographic region ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2144: Allow Production and Sale of 'Homemade Food Products'
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1043 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... By broadening the types of shelf-stable food that can be sold and where producers can sell them, the bill ensures that local entrepreneurs have the chance to thrive while maintaining high standards of food safety ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Kayak Rental Co fined $35K for Blue Law Violations
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 1321 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... We all know Sundays are holy days set aside for the worship of the Goddess Gaia ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1248 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Hawaii's Best Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1019 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hilo is #1 ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Small Business Economic Trends: How does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 AM :: 839 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... the gold standard measurement of the Main Street economy ....

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
And Now the Big Guns Come Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1745 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Taxes

... I became convinced that the proceedings, or at least this part of them, were prearranged ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 1270 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 1065 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 1355 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 1437 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 1448 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 1285 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 1964 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
SB2553: Hawaii 'opt out' retirement scam
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 3443 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a scam designed to shunt the least attentive investors -- those who do not 'opt out' -- into low return, high fee accounts run by whichever financial institution makes the most campaign contributions....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 41st--Will Legislature Send Tax Cuts to Governor?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 2068 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green addressed the tax and migration issues in his policy brief issued last month. One of his solutions is indexing the state's income tax for inflation, he said ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Lahaina: 43.8% of businesses “critical, on life support"
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 1248 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...43.8% of businesses described themselves as “critical, on life support,” with only 3.1% reporting “doing great, feeling great.”....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
The Passthrough Entity Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1260 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... This is an issue here in Hawaii because our individual income tax rates can go up to 11%, second highest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1525 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
GET on Health Care, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1522 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... HB 1675: GET exemption for medical services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Bill 121: TVRs to be Banned?
By Video @ 12:00 PM :: 1916 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Once Hawaii County forces families to apply for permits, the next step will be an effort to ban our industry entirely ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 3003 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1641 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Hawaii bill that would increase automobile insurance draws ire
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 1840 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... The Senate passed the bill 23-2, with Republican Sens. Brenton Awa and Kurt Fevella casting the lone "no" votes ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
HB1675: No GE Tax on Medical Services
By Video @ 3:40 AM :: 1642 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... supporting HB 1675 as the first step in getting rid of GET for medical services ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1654 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 2062 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1568 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 766 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 1342 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1758 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Monday, February 5, 2024
Court: HMSA Physician Contracts “oppressive, unconscionable, and unenforceable”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 4416 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... In a February 2, 2024 Order, 3rd Circuit Judge Robert D S Kim has voided HMSA, HMSA Medicare, and Quest ‘Participating Physician Agreements’ ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
DCCA Dumps Mis-Named 'Innovation Lab': Crypto Suddenly Deregulated
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 1232 Views :: Small Business

... The Aloha State had persistently earned a virtually worst-in-the-nation popularity for its unfriendliness towards digital currencies—second solely to New York, a state with a Bitlicense that Hawaii was trying to adapt ....

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1584 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1617 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1396 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1489 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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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1264 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Passage into law would take an important step toward further rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii 9th Worst State to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 1403 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... 2024’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1438 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2166 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

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

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Minimum wage jumps to $14 January 1st
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 981 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. Act 114 incrementally increases the minimum wage to $16 per hour Jan. 1, 2026, and to $18 per hour Jan. 1, 2028 ....

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