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Sunday, April 18, 2021
Is the Pacific Ocean now “ceded land?”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 4166 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... HB1019, creating a new OHA revenue stream at the expense of small dive-tour businesses, is quietly heading to conference committee ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Hawaii State and Local Taxes $7,332 per person
By Tax Foundation @ 2:59 AM :: 2857 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii taxes 5th highest in USA ....

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Sunday, April 11, 2021
Bride of Frankenbill
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2504 Views :: Taxes

... our lawmakers are not stopping at just one Frankenbill ....

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Friday, April 9, 2021
2021 Legislature almost pau, and thank goodness for that
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:38 AM :: 2310 Views :: Taxes

... Nobody's life, liberty or property are ever safe when our lawmakers get together, but there could actually be some bright spots this year ....

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Monday, April 5, 2021
Does ARPA Outlaw Hawaii Tech and Film Tax Credit Expansion?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:28 PM :: 3775 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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Sunday, April 4, 2021
​Return of the Frankenbill!
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2779 Views :: Taxes

... assembling bits and pieces from cadavers and then bringing it to life using some unexplained method ....

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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 :: 2975 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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Friday, April 2, 2021
"Tax the rich" not the answer
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:44 PM :: 2281 Views :: Taxes

... Why do our legislators never remember that in the Robin Hood stories, the tax collector was a villain? ....

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Wednesday, March 31, 2021
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:00 PM :: 2948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... tax burden measures the proportion of total personal income that residents pay toward state and local taxes ....

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Moody's announces completion of a periodic review of ratings of Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:00 PM :: 3387 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

"... The Aa2 rating on the State of Hawaii's general obligation bonds recognizes the significant fiscal challenges posed by the current health and economic crisis...."

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021
​Should Hawaii Raise Taxes on 'the Rich'? 
By Video @ 4:38 AM :: 2619 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... state policymakers are determined to raise taxes with bills such as SB56 and HB58. They say their hikes are aimed at 'the rich', but they’re not looking at the whole economic picture ....

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Monday, March 29, 2021
Frankenbill: SB56 Tax Hikes Grafted on to HB58
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:12 PM :: 2225 Views :: Taxes

... three guests invited by Hawaii Public Radio to talk about tax bills at the Legislature this year, including the notorious SB56, many parts of which have now been attached to HB58, creating a “Frankenbill” ....

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Sunday, March 28, 2021
Maintenance of Effort, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2572 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... SB815 creates a “public education stabilization trust fund” ....

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Friday, March 26, 2021
Hawaii per-capita state tax revenues highest in nation, research shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:33 AM :: 3314 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A Grassroot Institute of Hawaii analysis finds Hawaii residents paid more than double the national average in state taxes during 2020 ....

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Thursday, March 25, 2021
House Budget: Irresponsible record-breaking spending spree
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:34 PM :: 3400 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Keli’i Akina says House members should have aimed to pay off more debt instead of go on a record-breaking spending spree ....

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Tuesday, March 23, 2021
Hawaii: Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 10:23 PM :: 3056 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... do people in high-tax states receive superior government services ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
SB56 tax scare could have long-lasting effect
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:02 PM :: 2614 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... it is doubtful any of Hawaii’s proposed tax increases this year will, if enacted, achieve the goal of increasing state revenues. More likely, they will further damage the economy and prompt even more of our family, friends and neighbors to move away ....

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Monday, March 22, 2021
​Doctors Tell State of Hawaii: ‘I’m leaving’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 AM :: 9286 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes, COVID-19

... There are few things more nonsensical than encouraging doctors to leave a state during a pandemic, but that is exactly what the Hawaii State Legislature is doing .... 

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Sunday, March 21, 2021
National Attention!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3125 Views :: Taxes

“...Confiscation in Paradise: Move to Hawaii, pay the nation’s highest state income-tax rate....”

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Saturday, March 20, 2021
"No new taxes"-- Testimony to Hawaii Tax Review Commission
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:28 PM :: 2145 Views :: Taxes

... the Hawaii Tax Review Commission conducts a systematic review of Hawaii’s tax structure ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
Grassroot Institute Legislative Update
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:55 AM :: 3776 Views :: Ethics, Development, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii's Legislature is about halfway through its 2021 session, and if we're lucky, the good will outweigh the bad when it's over ....

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Friday, March 19, 2021
House Finance Committee Approves State Budget – with Amendments
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 2940 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, COVID-19

... The $1.6 billion in federal funds allocated to the State in the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) provides a temporary reprieve for the State's financial crisis. ....

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Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Raising Hawaii taxes could worsen MD shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:58 PM :: 3605 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... Lawmakers may impose the highest income tax in the nation on Hawaii residents making over $200,000, and this may be damaging to Hawaii's health system ....

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Sunday, March 14, 2021
C’mon, Let’s Soak the Rich!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2529 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... a kind of crabs-in-the-bucket argument ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
House Republicans: "Tax Increase Will Hurt Hawaii"
By News Release @ 10:23 PM :: 2497 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

"...It's going to discourage economic growth that has already stalled...."

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Hawai'i Senators Bungle Major Tax Vote
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:16 PM :: 2118 Views :: Taxes

“...Hawaii: First in taxation, last in affordability....”

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Does the American Rescue Plan Ban State Tax Cuts?
By Tax Foundation @ 1:47 PM :: 2410 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... Some states have experienced meaningful revenue declines. But many don’t have losses to offset, so they would have to identify other ways to spend a large infusion of one-time money ....

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Friday, March 12, 2021
Public outrage grows after Senators OK huge tax hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:16 AM :: 3166 Views :: Taxes

... SB56 contains so many tax increases it's hard to fathom, yet at the end of the day, only one Hawaii senator opposed it ....

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Sunday, March 7, 2021
The Enola Gay Has Left the Hangar
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2309 Views :: Taxes

... Senate Bill 56, with the ominous title “Relating to Revenue Generation,” has been granted its first hearing by the Senate Ways and Means Committee ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
Tax proposals defy common sense
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 2375 Views :: Taxes

... The Hawai'i Legislature may be hard at work, but it looks like common sense is on vacation ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Ige Signs Bill Lowering Unemployment Tax
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 3303 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... The measure allows employers to pay, on average, less than half of what they would otherwise pay into the system ....

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Tuesday, March 2, 2021
VIDEO: What to watch out for at the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:50 AM :: 2257 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Lawmakers are planning to increase taxes and regulations this year, but there are better ways to help Hawaii's economy prosper ....

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Monday, March 1, 2021
HB1314: Grabs TAT from Counties
By Tax Foundation @ 8:13 PM :: 2413 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... Repeals the allocation of transient accommodations tax revenue to the counties ....

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Sunday, February 28, 2021
More Taxes for Movies and TV
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:25 AM :: 2767 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... “I am altering the deal.  Pray I don’t alter it any further.” ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Seven Tax Hike Bills on the Move
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:06 PM :: 2691 Views :: Taxes

... many tax increases, fees, and surcharges that have been proposed this legislative session. Hawaii residents are already among the most taxed in the country; the state has the second highest overall tax burden in the U.S. ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Hawaii Among States Taxing Forgiven PPP Loans
By Tax Foundation @ 7:36 PM :: 5793 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... If policymakers wish to avoid imposing taxes on these small business lifelines  they need to act quickly, as tax deadlines are fast approaching ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
Tax Hike Plan: Hawaii Carbon Pricing Study Released
By News Release @ 7:20 PM :: 3609 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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Thursday, February 25, 2021
Good grief, do our lawmakers not know we're in a depression?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:34 PM :: 3151 Views :: Taxes

... every proposal in the 2021 Legislature that would increase Hawaii's tax burden ....

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Sunday, February 21, 2021
Maintenance of Effort
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2855 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... We need to start recognizing that this “dedicated funding source” rhetoric is taking us down the wrong path ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2021
Stop playing with the numbers
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:36 AM :: 2805 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... When it comes to budgets and accounting, politicians have successfully convinced voters that the ordinary rules of fiscal accountability shouldn’t apply to government ....

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Thursday, February 18, 2021
Sugar Tax Drives People to Drink
By Tax Foundation @ 11:38 PM :: 2283 Views :: Taxes

... A 2012 study at Cornell University found that, when faced with a new soda tax, many households reduced their soda consumption while purchasing an increased amount of beer ....

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Sunday, February 14, 2021
Taxes: More 'Creative' Thought at Our Legislature
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2224 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallets, folks, because this year’s great legislative adventure has just begun! ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Bills on the Move: Conveyance Tax, Pension Suspension, Un-Affordable Housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 3673 Views :: Maui County, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... increasing Hawaii's tax burden at a time when its economy is in its worst depression ever ....

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Friday, February 12, 2021
Tax Frenzy at the Legislature - No one's wallet is safe!
By Video @ 3:03 AM :: 4327 Views :: DHHL, Energy, Gambling, Taxes, Tourism

... tax-related bills pending at the Legislature, including legalizing gambling, new conveyance taxes, new rental vehicle taxes, new carbon taxes, new proposed constitutional amendment ....

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Thursday, February 11, 2021
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:06 AM :: 2788 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 23.3% of Hawaii tax collections come from income taxes ....

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Wednesday, February 10, 2021
FY2021: State Tax Receipts Down 16.4%
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 2321 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... General Excise and Use Tax (GET) collections are down by 21.8% from last fiscal year ....

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Monday, February 8, 2021
Comparing State Corporate Income Tax Rates
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 3090 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Hawaii Corporate Income tax tops out at 6.4% .... 

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
What Are They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3028 Views :: Economy, Taxes

"... At the Legislature, committee hearings have begun in earnest and it doesn’t seem at all like we are in an economic crisis ...."

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Sunday, February 7, 2021
Bill 31: Former Meth-head Helps Sand Island Lobby for Property Tax Cap
By Andrew Walden @ 3:02 AM :: 4960 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Taxes, COVID-19

... It is naturally hard to say no to an ex-tweeker who, at Bishop Estate, achieved the kind of things most Honolulu politicians can only dream of ....

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Saturday, February 6, 2021
COVID Unemployment Insurance Relief on Fast Track for Approval
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 3418 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Ige must sign a bill into law before March in order to prevent automatic assessment increases from being triggered ....

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