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Friday, February 25, 2022
HB2278: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 AM :: 2849 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The gasoline tax in 2035 will be $33.16 a barrel ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax $42.24 a Barrel
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:18 AM :: 2296 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This bill is a continuation of the policy of social-planning-via-taxation that has helped make Hawaii one of the most expensive states in the nation ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
​It’s not weird, it’s constitutional
By Selected News Articles @ 7:40 PM :: 2219 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... Here is the actual wording of the item in the Hawai‘i State Constitution ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
$100 Refund--How About $1,361?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 3242 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"...increase the refund amount...."

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Saturday, January 22, 2022
DBEDT: Hawaii Family of Four Must Earn $85,372 to Stay off Welfare
By News Release @ 4:26 PM :: 4374 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits

... the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies ....

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Sunday, January 2, 2022
Considering a Carbon Tax with Rebates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2195 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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Sunday, May 16, 2021
General Excise Exemptions to be Shut Off for Two Years? 
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3656 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... “Frankenbill” House Bill 58 has cleared the Legislature and is on the Governor’s desk waiting to become law ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Does ARPA Outlaw Hawaii Tech and Film Tax Credit Expansion?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 3679 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

"...Hawaii increased the cap on its film incentives and decoupled from federal restrictions on research and development tax credits...."

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Saturday, April 3, 2021
Ige Joins other High-Tax State Governors to Call on Biden to Restore $670B Federal Subsidy
By News Release @ 3:35 AM :: 2921 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... State and Local Tax (SALT) Deduction Cap forces 11 million rich liberals to pay $670 billion in reparations for their decision to allow tax-and-spend Democrats to run their states, school districts, and municipalities .... 

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3528 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... to cost the State at least $19,000,000,000 ....

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Monday, January 25, 2021
Hawaii Opens Door to More Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 4092 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

... This is made possible with the issuance of a “no action message” by DFI, which will not take any action against these companies during the two-year period of the program ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
What COVID Emergency? Let's Quadruple Hawaii's Phony Hi-Tech Tax Credits
By UHERO @ 2:46 AM :: 2262 Views :: Tax Credits

... CLUE: There is no shortage of private capital available for tech startups.  If your tech startup needs government funds it is fake ....

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Monday, November 16, 2020
Hawaii Hi-Tech Scamster Bribed to Rat out Hunter Biden?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:00 AM :: 4170 Views :: Ethics, Politicians, Tax Credits

...last year Youssef briefly courted journalists with a story about Hunter’s links to the now-defunct mbloom fund....

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Thursday, November 12, 2020
MBloom: Hawaii Hi Tech Scam Snares Another Biden Insider
By Selected News Articles @ 10:15 PM :: 6545 Views :: Maui County, Ethics, Tax Credits

...Joe Biden’s Transition Aide Helped Steer $3M to Hunter Biden-Linked Firm....

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Monday, November 2, 2020
Maui-Based Scam: Hunter Biden Partner Secured Millions from Businessman with Reputed Organized Crime Ties
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 AM :: 8542 Views :: Democratic Party, Tax Credits

... Remember 'Mbloom'? -- financed by Hawaii taxpayers via Hawaii Strategic Development Corporation (HSDC) ....

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Sunday, September 13, 2020
State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3245 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Auditor was supposed to start on the first chunk last year and finish the report before the start of the 2020 legislature, but ....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Hawaii Opens Door to 12 Unlicensed Cryptocurrency Schemes
By News Release @ 8:07 PM :: 5382 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits

"...Through the issuance of a 'no action message,' DFI is not taking any action against these companies...."

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Sunday, August 16, 2020
The Doomsday Rules in the General Excise Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 11:13 PM :: 4250 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...Now that the economy is down and tax revenues are in the tank, we are now seeing cases of our Department of Taxation using some particularly nasty provisions in the tax code....

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Sunday, July 26, 2020
Two Tax Bills This Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3597 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii, urged the Legislature to adopt key provisions of the CARES Act although it became law in 2020. DoTAX, in testimony, proposed to adopt a few provisions and leave others on the cutting room floor....

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Sunday, July 19, 2020
Electric Vehicle Sweeteners Running Out?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3550 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...For tax benefits, the pendulum has started swinging in the other direction as well....

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Monday, June 29, 2020
Tax Like an Egyptian: The wholesale rate, the retail rate, and tax “pyramiding”
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:58 PM :: 3866 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...we struggled to determine the purposes of the provisions reviewed, and in some cases, were unable to even infer the purposes. Additionally, we had no objective means to assess whether provisions were achieving their purposes....

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Wednesday, June 24, 2020
Private rooftop solar increasing despite COVID-19 pandemic
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2695 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Last week saw second highest application total this year....

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Sunday, June 21, 2020
Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3797 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

...another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope....

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Friday, June 19, 2020
Tax Credit Available for Low Income Homeowners
By News Release @ 4:33 AM :: 2915 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits

...This tax credit will be applied to next year’s taxes. Annual filing is required for this credit....

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Sunday, June 7, 2020
Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2783 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...tinkering with the tax code to raise more money has the effect of putting the brakes on what little spin we have left on our economic engine....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
ERS Risks $75M of Your Retirement Fund on Hawaii High Tech Startups
By News Release @ 10:45 PM :: 3751 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Tax Credits

...how many times will Hawaii fall for phony High-Tech scamsters?....

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020
​Hawaiian Electric posts new battery projects’ details
By News Release @ 1:03 PM :: 3330 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...Really Obvious Question: How many of these 16 are represented by Caliboso?....

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Sunday, April 26, 2020
Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3696 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, COVID-19

...This is not a far-fetched scenario....

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Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Most of Hawaii’s electric battery systems are paired with wind or solar power plants
By News Release @ 11:53 PM :: 3161 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...The non-dispatchable nature of these technologies creates operational challenges for system operators....

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Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Scams Galore: Hi-Tech Tax Credit Crowd Gets into Digital Currency
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 4287 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...State of Hawaii’s “Digital Currency Innovation Lab” seeks applicants for first pilot program....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
100% Fail: Legislators Propose 63 Special Funds, None Meet Criteria
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:24 AM :: 4491 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...We reviewed 99 House and Senate bills proposing 63 special and revolving funds during the 2020 legislative session. None satisfied the criteria....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3973 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Saturday, February 8, 2020
NELHA: Feds Bust Money Laundering Scheme at Heart of De-Sal Water Bottler
By News Release @ 12:46 AM :: 5416 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Tax Credits

...concealed from Koyo the fact that one of its upper level managers was an owner of the sham pass-through companies....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 5720 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Friday, January 10, 2020
Schatz Bill: Funnel Tax Credit Money to Pono Shim's LLC
By News Release @ 10:15 PM :: 4626 Views :: Ethics, Congressional Delegation, Tax Credits

...“Inspiring Nationally Vibrant Economies Sustaining Tribes (INVEST) Act"....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Audit: Property Assessments Inconsistent and Inequitable
By News Release @ 7:27 PM :: 4138 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...tax assessments were inconsistent and inequitable, exemption and dedication property requirements were violated, and taxes assessed did not reflect the highest and best use of the properties....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 5381 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Sunday, November 3, 2019
The Parable of the Two Horses!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4567 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... which horse do you think finished pulling the wagon first? ....

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Saving the Legislature from Itself
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2854 Views :: Tax Credits

...the Motion Picture, Digital Media, and Film Production income tax credit....

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Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wind Industry Poised for Decline?
By Selected News Articles @ 6:05 PM :: 4873 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the federal production tax credit for wind is scheduled to be phased out at the end of 2019....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
NELHA Economic Impact Estimated
By UHERO @ 4:16 AM :: 93258 Views :: Hawaii County , Tax Credits

... NELHA Host Park generates over $100M annually ....

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Saturday, September 28, 2019
Auditor: DoTax Continues to Illegally Hand out Film Tax Credits for Out of State Expenses
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 3:53 AM :: 3794 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

...DoTAX continues to construe the film tax credit statute to include out-of-state expenditures as “qualified production costs,” which is inconsistent with the plain language of the statute and the Legislature’s intent....

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Friday, September 20, 2019
Trump 'One National Program Rule' Could Wipe out Electric Car Subsidies: Hawaii AG Joins Suit to Save Elon Musk
By News Release @ 9:04 PM :: 4350 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...zero emission vehicle program are pre-empted under the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA), which specifically prohibits states from adopting or enforcing laws or regulations “related to” fuel economy standards....

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Sunday, May 5, 2019
Carbon Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 6764 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Department of Land and Natural Resources is doing a reforestation project in East Maui. It’s hired a vendor to certify the project for “carbon credits.” Why are they doing that if we don’t even have a carbon tax ....

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Tuesday, April 30, 2019
Legislators Vote to Spend Millions More on Electric Vehicles
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 5053 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...program for the installation or upgrade of electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible commercial areas, workplaces, and multi-unit dwellings....

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Thursday, April 18, 2019
State Launches Aquaculture Accelerator
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 4774 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits

...The accelerator will be based at NELHA’s Hawai‘i Ocean Science and Technology Park in Kailua-Kona on Hawai‘i ‘i Island and is expected to start its first cohort in the fall of 2019....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 7022 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Tokuda-Connected Recycler Busted for Fraud
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 10:55 PM :: 7595 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tax Credits

...During FY 2018, the total deposit amounts reimbursed to Reynolds Recycling was approximately $7.96 million....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Help People Save by Cutting Their Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:41 PM :: 5366 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

...Multiple bills heard this session have revolved around encouraging residents to save. The details vary, but there’s a common theme: The state wants to be your local bank....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Hawaiian Electric Claims 27% Renewable Despite Loss of Geothermal Plant
By News Release @ 4:44 PM :: 5520 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...The 2018 consolidated renewable portfolio standard (RPS) remained the same percentage as it was in 2017, at 27 percent. The consolidated number would have been 29 percent had Puna Geothermal Venture (PGV) produced at the same level as 2017....

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