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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Property Tax Relief for Maui Fire Victims
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:08 AM :: 1879 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Maui County Council Bills 95 and 102 ....

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Saturday, October 7, 2023
Allow owner-occupants of Residential A homes to apply for missed property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:30 AM :: 1691 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Resolution 23-243, which would give property tax relief to owner-occupants who failed to file for a homeowner exemption in 2022 and whose homes were taxed at the Residential A rate as a result ....

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Make sure to claim additional property tax relief in Honolulu
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 AM :: 2445 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Honolulu homeowners have until Oct. 2 to file for increased property tax exemptions that Grassroot Institute helped become law ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Kauai homeowners could save $150 each from higher exemption
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:11 PM :: 1827 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Bill 2901, Draft 1, which would increase the homeowner exemption by $60,000 and repeal miscellaneous property tax exemptions ....

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Friday, September 15, 2023
​Grassroot Institute in the News
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1442 Views :: Taxes

... testimony before County Council ....

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Fixing Hawaii’s Tax System; Decrease Taxes for Families, Businesses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 1737 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s income tax rates are among the highest in the country, and its business climate is consistently ranked poorly. Meanwhile, residents continue to flee the state for less expensive mainland locales ....

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
Taxing Government Benefits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1740 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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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Kauai bills seek to expand property tax relief for affordable rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:44 PM :: 1986 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a new tax classification specifically for long-term “gap” rentals ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Economic growth is our only way out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:17 PM :: 1917 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Taxes

... we cannot afford to further burden our economy with our usual high-tax and high-spending habits ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Tax Deadlines on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1735 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

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

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1807 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a family of four earning Hawaii’s median income of $88,005 a year would have a state income tax bill of $5,086. At that income level, only Oregon families face a higher tax burden ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Let's stay focused on helping Lahaina fire victims--Eventually the Facts Will Come Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:06 PM :: 2017 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Taxes
  • waiving property taxes for the affected property owners
  • clearing the way for out-of-state medical professionals to attend to the needs of those affected by the tragedy
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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Bissen: Property Taxes Waived for Maui Fire Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 1862 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Anyone who has paid their taxes will receive a refund ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Taking No Prisoners in California
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2297 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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Thursday, August 3, 2023
​Maui Leads Statewide Push for counties to increase their TAT surcharges
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:15 PM :: 2643 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... approving for inclusion in the 2024 Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package a state bill relating to the county transient accommodations tax ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2023
Study the Empty Homes Tax Again?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2618 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, July 19, 2023
Bill 49: Maui GET surcharge could eliminate jobs, reduce growth
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:20 AM :: 2057 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... 0.5% county surcharge to the state’s 4% general excise tax for the purpose of funding “housing infrastructure” ....

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Saturday, July 15, 2023
Property Tax: Our council members have been listening
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:29 PM :: 1640 Views :: Taxes

... Multiple bills have already passed, and many council members have asked for more information about how to reform the property tax systems in their counties ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Maui GE Tax increase guaranteed to hurt poorer residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:17 PM :: 1536 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... increase the tax burden, risk losing nearly 300 jobs for residents and lower economic output in the county by $49 million a year ....

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Sunday, July 9, 2023
The Budget Is Signed
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1795 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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Thursday, July 6, 2023
Hawaii income tax burden second highest in nation
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:09 PM :: 1849 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... One reason is higher rates apply early on the income spectrum, so nearly all taxpayers pay higher rates, says a new analysis ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
Cronyism: The 2023 Intent to Veto List
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1577 Views :: Taxes

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

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Saturday, July 1, 2023
Green Signs $37.2B Budget
By News Release @ 4:03 PM :: 1667 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Senator Donovan Dela Cruz, chair of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, hailed the tax break bill as a positive financial benefit for struggling families ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Hawaii 4th-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 2281 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... all the different layers of taxation on production and distribution make up about 40 percent of the retail price for beer ....

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Monday, June 26, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges Maui Council to reject higher tax burden
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 2287 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... A proposed 0.5% county surcharge added to the state's 4% rate would jack up the cost of living, cost jobs and harm productivity ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2023
‘Think outside the box’ to fix Hawaii’s unemployment tax
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:24 PM :: 2158 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... businesses in Hawaii are going to be paying $130 million more this year in unemployment taxes than they did last year. That’s a 46% increase ....

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
How Grassroot Institute is working for a better Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:16 PM :: 2082 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Health Care, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute “actually proposed 15 model bills this year that were introduced and got one across the finish line, which was the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact” ....

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Saturday, June 17, 2023
What you need to know about property taxes in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:57 PM :: 2736 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Hawaii property tax rates thus can be low because the counties that assess and collect them do not have to cover the cost of public schools ....

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Friday, June 16, 2023
Divide and Conquer: More Property Tax Tiers Means Higher Taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:48 PM :: 2193 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... This situation has left the owners of many long-term rentals stuck with much higher tax bills ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Taxes and Cost of Living: Focus Shifts to County Councils
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:57 PM :: 1938 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... lawmaking continues at the county level ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Resolution 33: Tinkering with Property Tax Rates on Rental Units
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:47 PM :: 1910 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes

... decrease the rates on the first tier of Residential A homes from $4.50 to $4.00 per $1,000 and increase rates on the second tier from $10.50 to $11.40 per $1,000 ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
SB975: Green Signs Tax Increase on Vaping Products
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 2641 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Drugs

... SB975, now Act 62, establishes the offense of unlawful shipment of tobacco products ....

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Tuesday, June 6, 2023
Some gems amid Legislature’s overspending?
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:25 PM :: 2017 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... two bills that would improve Hawaii’s economy ....

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Saturday, June 3, 2023
Do you want distractions or solutions?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:02 PM :: 1801 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... increasing taxes on anyone can come with its own set of problems ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Ranking Individual Income Taxes--Hawaii 5th Highest
By News Release @ 4:30 AM :: 2006 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... and State Tax Collections per Capita--Hawaii 4th Highest ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
Grassroot Institute urges special session to block huge unemployment tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:48 PM :: 1982 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... If no action is taken, Hawaii businesses will pay about $355 million for 2023, up 46% over last year ....

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Thursday, June 1, 2023
‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fix supply-side housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:10 AM :: 1890 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... the “empty homes” theory is just another distraction from the real cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis, which is regulations that block homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Hawaii governor still has long list of bills to sign
By Selected News Articles @ 4:20 PM :: 1945 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... House Bill 954 would increase the personal exemption from $1,444 to $2,288 beginning with the 2023 tax year and increase the standard deduction ....

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Tuesday, May 30, 2023
Hawaii Property Tax Rates Creeping Up
By Tax Foundation @ 2:47 PM :: 1877 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii property taxes go from 28th worst to 32nd worst in four years ....

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Sunday, May 28, 2023
GET on Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2302 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
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 2171 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
'Empty homes' tax unlikely to ease housing crisis, new report concludes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:04 PM :: 1926 Views :: Taxes

... no meaningful correlation between so-called empty homes and housing or rental prices ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 2080 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Sunday, May 14, 2023
Ding Dong, the Green Fee is Dead
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2245 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

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

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
Biggest Budget Increase Ever: The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:41 PM :: 2084 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “The budget is increasing by 30% this year,” Kent said, far exceeding last year’s record increase of 17% and breaking the state’s constitutionally mandated spending limit as well, which can be bypassed by a two-thirds vote .... 

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Counties should prioritize lowering property taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:50 PM :: 1888 Views :: Taxes

... higher property taxes could make homeownership unaffordable for some residents; landlords might have no choice but to increase what they charge their tenants; and businesses might have to raise prices ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Projected state surplus vanishes in face of planned higher spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 2181 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Legislature's proposed spending plan for fiscal 2024 could result in a state budget deficit of $45 million by fiscal 2028, if OK'd by the governor ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Ways to counter property tax increases in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 2204 Views :: Taxes

... county lawmakers have it in their power to prevent or at least mitigate property tax increases ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Hawaii gets low marks in business tax ranking
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 2208 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the Tax Foundation’s 2023 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Some Winners and Losers in the 2023 Session
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 PM :: 2261 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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