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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Multiple tax hikes moving through the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:09 PM :: 2835 Views :: Taxes

... there are still tax hikes moving through the Legislature, threatening to further increase Hawaii’s already-astronomical cost of living ....

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Sunday, February 12, 2023
Get Out, Evil!  Stay In, Good Fortune!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1549 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Japanese celebrate a festival known as Setsubun.  While there are regional variations on how to celebrate it, many of them involve roasted beans and an Oni, or demon ....

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Saturday, February 11, 2023
A ‘Capitol Convo’ about Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:10 PM :: 1782 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... factors that contribute to the state’s high cost of living, such as its high cost of housing, high taxes, boondoggle projects, shortage of medical professionals and more ....

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Wednesday, February 8, 2023
Hawaii medical excise tax affecting patient care, physicians say
By Selected News Articles @ 4:54 AM :: 1792 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... A Hawaii resident diagnosed with breast cancer could not find a physician to treat her ....

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Saturday, February 4, 2023
Green Affordability Plan: It would be simpler to just cut the tax rate for food
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 1735 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Green’s “GAP” plan seeks to provide tax credits for food, rent and child care expenses primarily to Hawaii’s lower- and middle-class families ....

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Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Bills would remove GET for medical services
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:35 PM :: 953 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Legislators have introduced multiple bills in the 2023 legislative session that seek to remove the GET for medical services in Hawaii, either wholly or in part. They include ....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2023
New report makes case for exempting medical services from Hawaii's GET
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:57 AM :: 1516 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... removing the tax would lower medical costs and help alleviate the state's doctor shortage ....

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Sunday, January 29, 2023
What’s In the Governor’s Bill Package
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1494 Views :: Taxes

... SB 1347 / HB 1049, designated GOV-01, aims to give broad tax relief to pretty much everyone in Hawaii. It does this by juicing up several credits already on the books, giving a significant boost to the standard deduction, and doubling the personal exemption amount. ...

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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
​There’s still time to counter higher property taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 1543 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

“They should look for ways to make government cost less and run more efficiently and operate on a leaner budget."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Green's State of the State: What's to like? 
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:38 AM :: 1533 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Most compelling was the governor's proposal to increase tax deductions and support open records, but all the talk about spending was worrisome ....

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Sunday, January 22, 2023
Should We Lower Taxes?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1436 Views :: Taxes

... convince me that tax cuts are not advisable ....

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Friday, January 20, 2023
National coalition including Hawaii legislators urges states to enact 'wealth' taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 AM :: 1717 Views :: Taxes

... Rep Jeanne Kapela and Hawai'i Tax Fairness Coalition protest at State Capitol in favor of new tax ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
​Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 1406 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Residential A properties went up 39.9% ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Sister Isles Among Worst Doctor Shortage in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 PM :: 1711 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... a recent national study of 3,000 counties in America found the Big Island has the third-worst shortage of healthcare providers in primary care, Maui has the fifth-worst shortage of healthcare providers in America, and Kauai has the 13th worst shortage ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1991 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
​How to avert the looming property tax crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:10 PM :: 1904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
More Temporary Tax Fixes Considered
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1397 Views :: Taxes

... We need fixes.  Not the temporary kind ....

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Friday, January 13, 2023
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists Pay 14.1%--not 30%
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 12206 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

...The lie that tourists pay 30% of the GE Tax is front and center as Gov Green and legislators quickly walk back Green’s fake 2022 campaign promise to eliminate the GE Tax from food and medical care....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Akina recaps victories, disappointments of 2022; is optimistic about 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:31 PM :: 2003 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “wins” over the past year ....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Tax Word Find
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1367 Views :: Taxes

... the New Year is off and running and we are quaking in our boots waiting for our Legislature to reconvene, here are some of the ideas that we have been following ....

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Thursday, January 5, 2023
Time to Reform Property Taxes: High Home Values Prompt Calls for Relief  
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:16 PM :: 1505 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina and Iwasa discuss the history of property taxes in Hawaii, how assessments are conducted and what reforms the counties should consider ....

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Wednesday, January 4, 2023
Please Cut Taxes in 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:18 PM :: 1591 Views :: Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green made eliminating the general excise tax for food and medicine one of his major talking points. And on the county level, faced with concerns about skyrocketing real estate assessments, Mayor Rick Blangiardi promised to “aggressively” pursue ways to reduce that tax burden. ....

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Taxes, housing drive people from Hawaii, policy group says
By Selected News Articles @ 8:25 PM :: 2090 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... more than 15,000 left the state between July 2021 and July 2022 ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Among Nine States Running Long-Term Structural Deficits
By Selected News Articles @ 1:48 PM :: 1896 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... revenue will continue to fall short of spending absent policy changes ....

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Monday, December 19, 2022
​Counties should not profit from Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 AM :: 2082 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
Green's plan to eliminate food and medicine tax may not have a clear path
By Selected News Articles @ 8:34 PM :: 1709 Views :: Taxes

... Lawmakers have not indicated if they back Green's plan ....  

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
2023 Real Property Assessments up 12.4%
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 2966 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... City to Send 2023 Real Property Notice of Assessments ....

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Sunday, December 11, 2022
New Administration’s Tax Priorities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2230 Views :: Taxes

... Green's top priorities for his first 100 days in office ....

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Monday, December 5, 2022
Ige Announces Completion of over 600,000 Refunds to Hawaii Taxpayers
By News Release @ 3:32 PM :: 1745 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... A total of 606,674 Act 115 refunds were issued, totaling $307.9 million. That includes 288,590 direct deposits and 318,084 paper checks ....

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
Economic Freedom: Hawaii Ranks 48th
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:30 PM :: 1724 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

“...our residents will continue to suffer and flee the state....”

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Sunday, November 27, 2022
No, Boosting the Affordable Housing Fund Isn’t the Answer
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1946 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

"... it is essentially a budgeting gimmick ...."

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Sunday, November 20, 2022
​It's a perfect time to cut taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:13 AM :: 1750 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans, if not their entire economic futures ....

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Monday, November 14, 2022
UHERO: Visitors-only fee may be illegal
By UHERO @ 6:44 PM :: 2135 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Tourism

... Rethinking HTA’s “Regenerative Tourism Fee” ....

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Thursday, November 10, 2022
Why is there a doctor shortage in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:55 PM :: 2881 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... The state is short more than 1,000 doctors, which means some patients cannot get care, and the ones who do have to wait a long time. ...

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Sunday, November 6, 2022
The Empty Homes Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2322 Views :: Development, Taxes, Tourism

... The idea seems to be gaining steam now since our federal court has struck down Honolulu’s recent ordinance clamping down on transient vacation rentals ....

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Saturday, November 5, 2022
Unemployment Trust Fund Grows to $205M
By News Release @ 3:58 AM :: 2204 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii’s unemployment insurance (UI) program is funded exclusively by employers via state and federal payroll taxes on wages ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
2023 State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By Tax Foundation @ 10:46 PM :: 1590 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The Tax Foundation’s State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states’ tax systems compare ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
GE Tax Takes $200M Bite out of Health Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 1758 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

“If we exempted medical care from the general excise tax it would save doctors and patients more than $200 million [a year]. And that would help keep doctors in our state, rather than having to flee the state to earn money elsewhere...."

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Sunday, October 23, 2022
Yes, People Move Because of Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2025 Views :: Taxes

... we gained a few high-income individuals but lost more of those folks scraping to make ends meet ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Front Page News: Petition to End GE Tax on Medical Care
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:51 PM :: 1854 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... the petition, which can be viewed here, calls on lawmakers to exempt medical services from the state’s general excise tax ....

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Saturday, October 15, 2022
Ige Scores 'C' on Fiscal Policy Report Card
By Cato Foundation @ 4:50 AM :: 1811 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The report examines the tax and spending choices made by the governors and discusses recent policy trends ....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
How Do Taxes Affect Interstate Migration?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:37 PM :: 2487 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... four of the top five states Hawaii residents moved to—Washington, Texas, Nevada, and Florida—forgo individual income taxes on wage income ....

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Saturday, October 8, 2022
Putting a human face on Hawaii's doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:31 PM :: 3328 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... they told me, ‘Send this person to Costco’ ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Getting by with a little help from our friends
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 1631 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is working with experts around the country to create a better Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Road Usage Charge Versus Carbon Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 8:16 PM :: 1821 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... Hawaii Department of Transportation has been studying implementation of a Road Usage Charge ....

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Sunday, September 18, 2022
​Rolling With a Road Usage Charge
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1872 Views :: Taxes

... support grew when rental cars are charged a higher rate than residents ....

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Hawaii Taxpayer Refunds Go Out Next Week
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 1769 Views :: Taxes

... about 600,000 Hawaiʻi taxpayers are scheduled to receive approximately $294 million in tax refunds ....

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Monday, September 5, 2022
Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 1889 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

... Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? ....

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Sunday, September 4, 2022
No. 1 In the World – In Tourist Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 3699 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... Honolulu is 75% higher in taxes than the second most tourist-taxed city in the world ....

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Thursday, September 1, 2022
Should sacrifices go just one way?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 PM :: 1515 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for the people? ....

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