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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 808 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Friday, October 22, 2021
UHERO Looks at Maui County Plan to Impose $1.17B Tax Hike on Housing
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 659 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... How to build affordable housing?  Impose a $1.169 billion tax on housing.  Clue: 'Boondoggle' ....

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Friday, October 15, 2021
UHERO: Hawaii Needs to Focus on Developing Good Governance in Managing Tourism
By UHERO @ 12:14 AM :: 694 Views :: Tourism

... a difficult obstacle stands in the way of achieving the HTA action plans:  “HTA lacks authority over state and county agencies.” ....

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Tuesday, October 12, 2021
Hawaii COVID-19 Business Mandates Boost Vaccination Rate 8%
By UHERO @ 11:55 PM :: 645 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... an additional 8% of employees were estimated to have been vaccinated as a result of the mandates. We also observed that 5.9% of employees elected regular COVID-19 testing, while 1.7% were either dismissed or resigned ....

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Saturday, October 2, 2021
Refrigerators, Water Heaters top energy use in Hawaiʻi households
By UHERO @ 4:16 AM :: 822 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics

... refrigerators have the highest share of the total household energy (21.4%), followed by electric devices (18.6%) and water heating (17.9%) ....

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Friday, September 17, 2021
UHERO ​Survey on COVID-19 Business Mandates
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 926 Views :: Small Business, COVID-19

... conducting a brief 10-minute survey for business managers and owners to understand the impacts of the new COVID-19 vaccination and testing requirements on their business ....

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Tuesday, August 24, 2021
Oahu Workplace Survey: 1 in 3 Already Have Vaccine Mandate
By UHERO @ 4:58 AM :: 1014 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, COVID-19

... The largest businesses of 50 or more employees reported the lowest proportion of vaccinations at their workplaces ....

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Friday, August 13, 2021
​Improving Pedestrian Safety in Hawaiʻi
By UHERO @ 12:00 PM :: 699 Views :: Hawaii Statistics

... This tool can help the public and policymakers identify areas that are particularly dangerous for drivers and pedestrians ....

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Fake it to make it: A Look at Hawai‘i’s GHG Emissions
By UHERO @ 4:42 AM :: 915 Views :: Energy, Environment

... CLUE: ‘Domestic’ aviation means Hawaii inter-island, not ‘domestic’ within the USA.  If trans-oceanic aviation were included, Hawaii would be nowhere near the goal--so they ‘solve’ the problem by ignoring it ....

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021
​Funding the Hawaii Tourism Authority: TAT vs General Fund…Or?
By UHERO @ 12:04 AM :: 1154 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... According to the U.S. Travel Association, fourteen state tourism offices are funded either partly or entirely by a statewide lodging tax ....

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Wednesday, June 16, 2021
UHERO: Should the Counties Get a Share of the Transient Accommodation Tax?
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1217 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Tourism

... The Legislature’s decision to strip the county’s share of TAT revenues is certainly a stark change from just a few years ago ....

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Thursday, April 29, 2021
How Bad? Labor Underutilization in Hawaii During the Pandemic
By UHERO @ 4:55 AM :: 1304 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor

... Hawaii led the nation with the highest percentage of its civilian labor force unemployed for 15 weeks or longer 5.3% ....

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Sunday, April 18, 2021
​COVID-19 infections, vaccines, and economic recovery
By UHERO @ 3:25 AM :: 2101 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

... As business activity contracted, the state quickly shed more than 150,000 jobs, and the unemployment rate jumped from 2% to 22% ....

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Thursday, April 15, 2021
Mobility Data Shows Fewer Residents Staying at Home
By UHERO @ 10:21 PM :: 1355 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

... A potential cause of the recent virus spread is the decline in the share of people staying at home and a rise in gatherings ....

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Friday, March 5, 2021
UHERO: Recovery Poised to Accelerate
By UHERO @ 7:00 AM :: 1441 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

... Falling virus counts and vaccination progress set the stage for a strengthening visitor industry recovery ....

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Tuesday, February 23, 2021
UHERO: History of Gambling Bills Since Statehood
By UHERO @ 7:22 PM :: 1571 Views :: DHHL, Gambling

... The number of gambling measures introduced in the legislature rose whenever the state government encountered money problems ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Agribusiness Development Corp: "Costly, disorganized and ineffective"
By UHERO @ 1:06 AM :: 1521 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture

... ADC’s emphasis on land acquisition has made it a costly, disorganized and ineffective program while the state and counties have failed to fulfill their promises to landowners participating in the IAL program ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 2059 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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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 :: 1201 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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Thursday, December 17, 2020
UHERO pushes for rental assistance to continue in 2021
By UHERO @ 11:36 PM :: 1294 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...more free money from the sky....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
UHERO: Vaccines promise 2021 growth
By UHERO @ 6:05 PM :: 1305 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... Annual Hawaii Forecast With Global Outlook: Mainland COVID-19 surge means a bleak winter, but vaccines promise 2021 growth ....

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Friday, December 11, 2020
Spying on You: Cell Phone Tracking COVID Obedience
By UHERO @ 5:32 PM :: 1817 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...The data comes from the firm Safegraph, which collects cellular location data from the apps that run in the background of many people’s smartphones....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
UHERO: Ratepayers Pay $1.15 More for Every $1.00 Saved by Solar Users
By UHERO @ 9:26 PM :: 1988 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...for every dollar the University saves with on-campus (solar) investments, other customers will pay $1.15 more -- UHERO.....

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Friday, October 16, 2020
UHERO: Pandemic upends economic analysis
By UHERO @ 6:16 PM :: 1472 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

... because the state GDP data is released with a three-month lag and undergoes many revisions after its release ....

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Monday, October 5, 2020
UHERO Hawaii renters already leaving for Mainland
By UHERO @ 8:50 PM :: 2216 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

... Prior to COVID-19, our respondents reported a roughly 4% vacancy rate .... In August, however, this number jumped to 9% ....

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Sunday, October 4, 2020
UHERO: Tourism bounce back will be slow
By UHERO @ 4:48 AM :: 2045 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...UHERO report illustrated a dark forecast—worse than the aftermath of 9/11—for travel and tourism in Hawaiʻi, across the U.S. and around the world....

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Saturday, September 26, 2020
UHERO: Failed Response to COVID Resurgence Stopped Economic Recovery
By UHERO @ 12:30 PM :: 1452 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Our baseline forecast now sees meaningful economic recovery delayed until the middle of next year, and an attenuated recovery period thereafter....

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Friday, August 28, 2020
Hawaii Visitor Count Understates Actual Numbers
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 2226 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, COVID-19

...How Many Visitors Are Coming to Hawaii During this Pandemic? Making Sense of Hawaii’s Visitor Arrival Data....

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Friday, August 14, 2020
Survey update shows widespread hardship for local businesses
By UHERO @ 10:31 PM :: 2266 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, COVID-19

...With the exception of jobs in information technology and other services, no industry category saw a meaningful increase from the devastating April 2020 job numbers....

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Saturday, August 8, 2020
Will pandemic keep Hawaiʻi residents from moving away?
By UHERO @ 10:09 PM :: 2003 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, COVID-19

...due to the increased difficulty of navigating a trans-Pacific move. There is also fear of a spike in COVID-19 cases in states such as California and Texas....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2020
UHERO--Recovery may take decade
By UHERO @ 12:17 AM :: 1753 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...the state’s total employment rate, as well as its unemployment rate, will not return to its pre-pandemic level until 2029....

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Saturday, June 20, 2020
UHERO forecasts dire scenarios for local government budgets
By UHERO @ 4:28 AM :: 1869 Views :: Economy, Hawaii State Government, COVID-19

...A grim financial outlook is on the horizon for the state of Hawaiʻi due to the impact of COVID-19....

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Thursday, June 18, 2020
UHERO: Estimating the Need for Rental Assistance in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 3:02 PM :: 2036 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, COVID-19

...the augmented unemployment payments have done a fairly good job  preventing the worst from happening so far. But that program is set to expire August 1....

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Wednesday, June 10, 2020
COVID-19 testing pre-departure may eliminate 90% of infectious passengers
By UHERO @ 4:03 AM :: 1738 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...recommend that individuals who clear a temperature and symptom screening, and a COVID-19 test in their departure city will not be required to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival to Hawaiʻi....

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Thursday, May 28, 2020
UHERO: How Long Will Reopening Take?
By UHERO @ 7:39 PM :: 1612 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...The question is what that reopening will look like, how long it will take, and what the legacy of COVID-19 will be for the Hawaii economy....

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Saturday, May 23, 2020
Which Hawaii Zip Codes Have the Most Unemployed?
By UHERO @ 6:20 PM :: 4043 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Tourism, COVID-19

...claims are clustered in zip codes where the tourism industry is a particularly important source of employment....

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Tuesday, May 5, 2020
COVID Wipes Out 69% of Jobs on Maui
By UHERO @ 9:45 PM :: 4548 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, COVID-19

...total job reductions between January and April in Honolulu county were 34% of full-time jobs and 41% of part-time. These numbers were much higher on Hawaii (50% and 67%), Maui (69% and 68%), and Kauai (56% and 62%)....

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Monday, May 4, 2020
COVID-19: Developing Economic Recovery Scenarios for Hawaii
By UHERO @ 9:57 PM :: 1729 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...The unprecedented pause in economic activity has had a profoundly negative impact on Hawaii....

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Thursday, April 30, 2020
​Can Hawai‘i Rise from the Ashes of COVID-19 as a Smart Destination?
By UHERO @ 2:42 AM :: 2066 Views :: Tourism, COVID-19

...Hawai‘i Tourism Authority surveys found resident attitudes about tourism becoming more negative as the number of visitors increased....

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Monday, April 27, 2020
COVID Economics: Who Suffers Most?
By UHERO @ 10:27 PM :: 1959 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...COVID-19’s Uneven Impact on Businesses and Workers: Results from a UHERO-Chamber of Commerce Hawaii Survey....

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Tuesday, April 21, 2020
UHERO: Hawaii Needs Free Money from the Sky to Support Local Economy
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 1984 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...tax revenue declines that could easily top 15-20% will almost certainly require reductions in some public programs....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
​UHERO Webinar: How to Control the Coronavirus Epidemic and Bring Back Hawaiʻi’s Economy
By UHERO @ 11:05 PM :: 1989 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...Monday, April 20, 2020 5:30pm – 6:30pm....

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Friday, April 10, 2020
Post Corona Recovery: How to Reopen Hawaii's Non-Tourism Economy
By UHERO @ 8:44 PM :: 3192 Views :: Economy, COVID-19

...77% of Hawaii's Economy Isn't Tourism; Policymakers Can Take Steps To Reopen It....

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Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Is Hawaii Really Run by the HTA?
By UHERO @ 8:24 PM :: 1503 Views :: Tourism

...HTA is a destination management organization and not strictly a destination marketing organization....

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
UHERO: What is the COVID-19 exit strategy?
By UHERO @ 2:35 AM :: 1968 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...Herd Immunity or Containment through Test and Trace?....

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Monday, March 30, 2020
Economists Expect 140,000 Unemployed
By UHERO @ 11:26 PM :: 1921 Views :: Economy, Tourism, COVID-19

...the job count will average 11% lower than 2019 for the year as a whole, and real income will be more than 3% lower. Visitor arrivals for the year will be down an astounding 41%....

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Saturday, March 28, 2020
Using Extensive Testing and Geographical Isolation to Mitigate the Coronavirus Crisis in Hawaii
By UHERO @ 6:29 PM :: 1480 Views :: COVID-19

...Hawaii needs to quickly adopt and implement a plan to control and then halt the spread of the coronavirus....

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Saturday, March 28, 2020
The Agony of Restaurant Workers
By UHERO @ 6:23 PM :: 1475 Views :: Small Business

...social distancing has significant economic impacts....

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Wednesday, March 11, 2020
COVID19: Hawaii Tourism Drops 35% Since March 1
By UHERO @ 3:31 AM :: 2622 Views :: Economy, Health Care, Tourism

...In the past two weeks, things have changed markedly, and a SARS-type V-shaped path is now too optimistic.... 

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Friday, March 6, 2020
UHERO: Making a High-Quality State Revenue/Tax System
By UHERO @ 7:47 PM :: 1650 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Hawaii citizens can count on seeing a slew of bills introduced to raise taxes on somebody....

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