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Monday, December 11, 2017
Payday Lending: Legislature to Consider New Regulations?
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 2779 Views :: Small Business

...Hawai‘i legalized payday lending in 1999 as a way to regulate the check cashing business.... 

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Friday, December 8, 2017
Airports Division spreads the red tape
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:47 PM :: 4046 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...The pilot program requires the rideshare drivers to pay 7 percent of each fare to the state Airports Division....

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Monday, December 4, 2017
Trump: Major Changes in Management of Federal Monuments
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 4701 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...Interior will make sure local voices are not drowned out by “large, well-funded NGOs and special interests”....

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Saturday, December 2, 2017
'Certificate of need’ laws are certifiably unnecessary
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:23 PM :: 4025 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... no politician would want to get caught saying they supported limiting the number of  hospitals, dialysis facilities or MRI machines for rural areas.  And yet, that’s exactly what Hawaii's legislature has done ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2017
Executive Order 17-07: Autonomous Vehicle Testing in Hawaii
By Rep Gene Ward @ 2:30 PM :: 5694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...The executive order establishes an Administrative Director in the Office of the Governor who will support companies seeking to test self-driving vehicle technology in Hawaiʻi....

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Monday, November 27, 2017
Will Legislators Block Shutdown of All Ocean Users?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 4146 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Thanks to the State Supreme Court's September 6, 2017 aquarium fishing decision, all ocean users now face the same fate as aquarium fishers--shut down awaiting an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2017
Reason: Why Does Hawaii Hate American Workers?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:23 PM :: 3290 Views :: Small Business

...In Hawaii, it takes an average of 988 days and $438 in fees to become licensed to perform one of many occupations under the thumbs of state regulators....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
What's in the Secret Air BnB Agreement?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:45 AM :: 6299 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...This report evaluates twelve publicly released agreements that Airbnb has entered with state or local governments....

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Saturday, November 11, 2017
Hawaii Professionals -- more licensing, fewer requirements
By News Release @ 6:28 PM :: 3757 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The Institute for Justice finds Hawaii to be ‘most burdensome’ in USA due to the large number of professions requiring licensure.   In contrast, the Wisconsin study finds Hawaii to be the 'least burdensome' based on an analysis of 10 specific professions and the requirements to attain license in each....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Hawaii doesn’t need ‘certificate of need’ laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:21 PM :: 4340 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...the median wait time for treatment in the Queen’s Medical Center ER is about six hours and 20 minutes....

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017
Professional License--DCCA Launches Online Application Status Search
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 4208 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...to enable new applicants or existing licensees to search for their application status....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Fake Data Behind Coral Bleaching Report
By Selected News Articles @ 1:47 PM :: 7130 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...in the early 1900s Ahi, Aku, Marlin and other pelagic fish, were reported in the commercial reef fish data. Then they separated the pelagic and reef fish. This alone accounted most of the 90% decline....

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Sunday, November 5, 2017
Petition: Protect Short Term Rentals on Hawaii Island
By Selected News Articles @ 1:01 PM :: 5315 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

Vacation house rules in works: Regulating ‘unhosted’ rentals seen as way to preserve housing for residents....

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017
What Can Hawaii Learn From Google
By Video @ 4:53 AM :: 3552 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...Kelii Akina and Ray Tsuchiyama discuss applying the lessons of Google to the future of Hawaii....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
AG Chin: Constitution Dictates Mandatory Gay Cakes
By News Release @ 5:02 PM :: 4295 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

...The brief was filed with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case of Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Karma: Supreme Court Aquarium Ruling may apply to Dive Tour Operators
By Selected News Articles @ 3:27 PM :: 6073 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The Supreme Court Ruling will have far reaching impacts on all ocean permits issued by DLNR....

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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Should Surfrider be Licensed to Pass Out Property Tax Exemptions?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6333 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business, Tax Credits

...Recently, the Honolulu City Council approved on first reading Bill 80 (2017), which would award a real property tax exemption to “ocean-friendly restaurants.”...

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Saturday, October 28, 2017
Judge Invalidates Aquarium Collectors Permits
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 5987 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Tourism

...DLNR continues to believe that existing aquarium fishing practices are sustainable and environmentally sound....

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Friday, October 27, 2017
Corporate Taxes -- Hawaii Ranks 14th
By Tax Foundation @ 3:26 AM :: 4918 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii dropped from 11th for 2017 to 14th for 2018....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2017
F is for Fail: 2017 Honolulu Small Business Friendliness
By Selected News Articles @ 2:25 PM :: 4020 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Honolulu Rates F but the State overall rates C-....

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Business Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 27th
By News Release @ 4:37 PM :: 4684 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...The State Business Tax Climate Index is a measure of how well states structure their tax systems....

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Recent Federal Court Ruling Affects Hawaii Tip Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 9:58 PM :: 4635 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...the 9th Circuit Court’s Marsh v. J. Alexander LLC decision makes life much easier for employers with tipped employees in Hawaii....

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Sunday, September 24, 2017
Harbors Division Soaking the Taxpayer – Again and Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5128 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business

...the Harbors Division isn’t satisfied with three years of triple-digit increases....

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Saturday, September 23, 2017
DLNR wants to triple fees for commercial marine licenses
By News Release @ 2:17 AM :: 4063 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The hearings will be held at the following times and locations....

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Thursday, September 14, 2017
Am Samoa: Feds Settle with StarKist
By News Release @ 1:15 AM :: 4201 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...StarKist will pay a $6.3 million penalty and provide emergency response equipment to the American Samoa Department of Public Safety, Fire Services Bureau....

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Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Hawaii Weed Stores to Go Cashless Oct 1 (sort of)
By News Release @ 11:59 PM :: 6650 Views :: Law Enforcement, Small Business, Drugs

...Cash Transaction Will Continue under New ‘Cashless’ System....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
How Much Does Your State Collect in Corporate Income Taxes Per Capita?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 4804 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...in FY 2015, the corporate income tax only comprised 5.3 percent of state tax collections....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
BLNR Approves Boating Rule Changes
By News Release @ 4:08 PM :: 4821 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Small Business

...The rule changes cover a spectrum of boating and ocean recreation uses, such as: commercial use and parking permits and fees; commercial marine operations and tours....

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Saturday, September 9, 2017
Supreme Court: Aquarium Fisheries Sacrificed on Altar of Tourism
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 5692 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...The purpose of the Supreme Court is to give the enviros whatever they ask for.  Why?  Because the enviros are agents of the State’s #1 industry—tourism and land development....

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Monday, September 4, 2017
Hawaii Small Business in Facts and Figures
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 3885 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...The state's economic engine starts on Main Street....

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Monday, September 4, 2017
Honolulu Republicans: On Labor Day Celebrate Entrepreneurship
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:00 PM :: 4061 Views :: Labor, Small Business

...We hope you take a moment and reflect on how much America’s entrepreneurial spirit and free market economy have enabled us to prosper and enjoy a standard of living unrivalled in history....

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Friday, September 1, 2017
Bill Before Congress: Claim--Hawaii Allows 'horrific legal market' in Dog Meat
By News Release @ 3:49 AM :: 8612 Views :: Agriculture, Law Enforcement, Small Business

"...An undercover investigation for EnviroWatch highlighted the brutality of dog meat farms in Hawaii...."

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Interior Dep't Sends Trump Recommendations on National Monuments
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 5089 Views :: Environment, OHA, Small Business

...findings and recommendations on national monuments that were under review as a result of the April 26, 2017 executive order....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Kona DLNR Harassment: Judge Throws Case out on Technicality
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 5152 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

...Judge Fujino dismissed the case because plaintiffs cannot file suit directly in the circuit court challenging the application of a rule....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Hawaii misses the bitcoin boom
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 5670 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

....Since then, the price of bitcoin has catapulted to over $4,000 per bitcoin, up from $1,000....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017
Honolulu Among 10 Worst Markets for House Flippers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 4677 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...“Flip or Flop”....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
E-Cigs Get a Second Chance from FDA
By News Release @ 4:07 PM :: 3877 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Unexpected update from FDA halts federal regulations and embraces e-cigarettes....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
CNBC: Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Business
By Selected News Articles @ 9:57 AM :: 3769 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hawaii's disadvantages, like the regulatory regime and the roads, are not beyond its control ....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Tiki bar owner bows to ‘cultural appropriation’ outcry: ‘I am so very sorry’
By Selected News Articles @ 9:41 PM :: 5539 Views :: First Amendment, Small Business

“Pretty soon we will be requiring ‘cultural appropriation’ training before anyone is allowed to open a business in this town.”

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
Best States to Start a Business? Hawaii Ranks 46th
By News Release @ 7:25 PM :: 4288 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...access to cash, human capital and affordable office space....

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Monday, July 3, 2017
Is This the End to the Hawaii Aquarium Fishery?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 AM :: 4359 Views :: Environment, Small Business

The Hawaii Aquarium fishery was proven sustainable by a 17 year study of the fishery....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
UH Law School Looks at Sharing Economy
By Robert Thomas @ 2:00 AM :: 3051 Views :: Small Business

..."Property" And Investment-Backed Expectations In Ridesharing Regulatory Takings Claims....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
SB1240: Science Beats Anti-Aquarium Hysteria
By News Release @ 1:52 AM :: 4406 Views :: Environment, Small Business

“The Hawaii aquarium fishing community has offered alternative legislation and a willingness to work with DLNR to improve the permit system and ensure that it is based in sound science” 

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
NFIB Hawaii Small Business End-of-Session Report
By Selected News Articles @ 11:15 PM :: 3865 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

Defeat – for now – of onerous paid leave and minimum wage proposals highlight accomplishments for small business. Big court victory an added bonus....

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017
HDOT: 2002 Airport Agreement with Sheriff is Out of Date
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 4278 Views :: Labor, Small Business

Private security companies have worked to keep Hawaii’s airport facilities safe since 1976....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Mindless Bureaucracy Detains Machine at Honolulu Airport for Lack on Non-Existent Form
By News Release @ 12:27 AM :: 5525 Views :: Small Business, Drugs

...DEA Form 452 doesn’t exist....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017
Maui Mayor Signs Polystyrene Ban
By News Release @ 12:11 AM :: 6541 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Small Business

The law is set to go into effect on Dec. 31, 2018....

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Saturday, June 3, 2017
VIDEO: The Right to Home Share in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:26 PM :: 4713 Views :: Small Business

...Airbnb and other home-sharing applications are regulated by market demands for safety and quality, most notably, by star ratings....

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Thursday, June 1, 2017
Q-Mark Shreds its Own Reputation with Poll Claiming Anti-Aquarium Hysteria Reaches 90%
By News Release @ 10:50 PM :: 5493 Views :: Environment, Small Business

...Does anybody really believe that 90% of the public has even heard of the aquarium fisheries issue--much less have an opinion on it?

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
The case for short-term rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:37 AM :: 5336 Views :: Land Use, Small Business, Tourism

...the home sharing economy helps locals deal with Hawaii’s cost of living....

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