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Monday, February 24, 2020
Before the Crash: Dillingham Aviator's Last Letter to Airports Division
By News Release @ 2:40 AM :: 6246 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...Experienced aviators Rick Rogers and Bill Enoka have been identified as the two killed at Dillingham Airfield Saturday, February 22, 2020, when their Cessna crashed on takeoff.  Captain Rogers forwarded this letter to media outlets Wednesday, February 19, 2020.... 

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 4409 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...if this bill passes, guess what is going to happen to your electric bill....

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Sunday, February 23, 2020
Dillingham Crash is Fourth Fatal Incident in Less Than a Year
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 3166 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Airplane in deadly Mokuleia crash involved in another incident 7 years ago....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
Illegal Aquarium Fishers Busted Near Billionaires Row
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 3762 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Law Enforcement, Small Business

...illegally stealing fish which exist for the viewing pleasure of billionaires....

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Saturday, February 22, 2020
$13 Minimum Wage Passes Another Committee
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 2978 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...HB 2541 HD1 would make the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and increase the refundable food/excise tax credit. In addition, the bill would increase the minimum wage....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Animal Activists Pressure Young Brothers to Strangle Cattle Industry
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 3385 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

...said state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Kapolei-Makakilo), who introduced the measure, “This is the right thing to do!”....

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Tuesday, February 11, 2020
HDoT Sends Eviction Notices to Dillingham Airfield Tenants
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3129 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Military, Small Business

...Dillingham Airfield Can be Better off Without Airports Division....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 12003 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

...These are the kind of people who make Hawaii what it is today....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Caught in Lie, Airports Division Admits it is Trying to Dump Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 1:26 AM :: 3618 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Tourism

...the U.S. Army got unexpected news from the DOT on Jan. 23....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Committee Releases Whistleblower Allegations of Misconduct at FAA Honolulu Office
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 3525 Views :: Kauai County, Law Enforcement, Small Business, Tourism

...U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, today released a fact sheet highlighting information the committee received from whistleblowers....

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Saturday, February 1, 2020
FAA employee blocked from inspecting Kauai tour chopper prior to crash
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 AM :: 3583 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Tourism

...FAA bosses twice denied him travel authorizations to visit the helicopter company, making it next to impossible to perform adequate FAA oversight....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Honolulu 79th Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
By Selected News Articles @ 8:56 PM :: 3257 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...STEM workers are in fierce demand and Honolulu is just not competitive....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
HB1884: Right to Repair
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2570 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...Manufacturers of everything from tablets to toasters to tractors make it too difficult and too expensive to repair their products when they break....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2020
Save Billionaires Row: Tourism Industry Activists Sue DLNR Over Aquarium Fishing (again)
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 AM :: 4572 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Small Business, Tourism

...how much will Kona Coast billionaires contribute to these 'non-profits'?....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Hawaii: Weddings Cost More Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 3496 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Couples in Hawaii spent $37,827 in 2018....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Eight Bills Behind 'Joint Economic Package'
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2991 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Measures tackle housing, childcare, wage issues highlighted in ALICE report....

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Sunday, January 19, 2020
Don’t Let Them Double Up!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2586 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...After this one-two punch, many more businesses that sell to Hawaii customers are going to find themselves with Hawaii tax obligations....

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Tuesday, January 14, 2020
Ige, Legislators Announce "Joint Economic Package"
By News Release @ 8:04 PM :: 4539 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

"...legislative package of bills to reduce income inequality...."

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
What Really Is a Minimum Wage?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3479 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...the reasons for an ever-increasing “living wage” have been a second tier topic of discussion....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
Auditor Rips DPP--Permits Delayed due to Poor Management
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 4611 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Small Business

"...We found that the Department of Planning and Permitting does not effectively manage the permitting process for timeliness...."

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Monday, December 30, 2019
The Brutality of the Museum Market
By Selected News Articles @ 4:02 PM :: 2871 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...On Saturday the 28th of December, a museum closed its doors for the final time....

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Sunday, December 29, 2019
Rep Case Calls on FAA to Tighten Regulations After Deadly Helicopter Crash
By Ed Case @ 1:30 PM :: 2753 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

...Hawaii has seen 18 civilian helicopter crashes in the last five years....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2019
November 2019 Hawaii Vacation Rental Performance Report
By News Release @ 3:57 AM :: 3531 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

...On O‘ahu, the vacation rental supply in November was 252,000 unit nights. This is a decrease of 4.4 percent from a year ago....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Hawaii: State Tax Changes for 2020
By Tax Foundation @ 2:11 AM :: 3168 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...State tax hikes taking effect January 1, 2020....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
Property Tax Onslaught Looms
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:47 PM :: 3737 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...First they came for the owners of million-dollar homes, but I didn’t speak against it because I didn’t have a million-dollar home....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Unemployment Insurance System Ranks 28th in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 10:28 AM :: 3290 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business

...Well-designed UI tax systems emphasize greater stability and predictability....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Hawaii Grade F for Business Subsidy Transparency -- 2nd Worst in USA
By News Release @ 2:39 AM :: 4416 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits

..."Failing States" do not meet even basic standards of online spending transparency for economic development subsidies....

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Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Barbers Point Air Museum Sues Airports Division to Block Eviction, Destruction of US Navy-owned Planes
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3986 Views :: Ethics, Military, Small Business

...the museum did quite a bit more work at Kaleloa Airport than just display airplanes....

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Sunday, December 15, 2019
“Piling On” to Transient Vacation Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3959 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

...The bill would classify bed and breakfast homes and other transient vacation rental units as “hotel and resort” for property tax purposes....

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Saturday, December 14, 2019
Ranking Property Taxes on the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tax Foundation @ 11:53 PM :: 3466 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...the property tax component of the 2020 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Friday, December 13, 2019
Maui on $10K per day: New Vacation Rental Fines
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3174 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

...a civil fine of $20,000 plus $10,000 per day for each day the unlawful operation persists....

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Friday, November 29, 2019
Public Hearing: Unlimited Right for DoH to Stall Permits
By News Release @ 3:53 PM :: 4257 Views :: Energy, Environment, Military, Small Business

... The proposed amendment removes the limitation on the amount of time the department has to take action on a complete application for an Underground Storage Tank (UST) system permit and removes the automatic approval of a permit when that time limit is exceeded ....

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Sunday, November 24, 2019
Wealth Is a Sin?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3859 Views :: Democratic Party, Small Business, Taxes

...spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth....

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Sunday, November 17, 2019
Invasive Species Inspection Fee for Air-flown Commodities
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 3711 Views :: Environment, Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...the fee is collected only on shipments by water....

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Friday, November 8, 2019
An EIS We’d Like to See
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:13 PM :: 3787 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Small Business

...Some states require an analysis of the potential economic impact of certain legislative proposals — an “economic impact statement,” if you will. Hawaii does not....

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Sunday, November 3, 2019
The Parable of the Two Horses!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3700 Views :: Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

... which horse do you think finished pulling the wagon first? ....

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Sunday, October 27, 2019
Enviros Salivate as WESPAC Selected for Audit
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 3468 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Small Business

...Office of Inspector General has selected the NOAA’s Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund grants awarded to the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council for an audit....

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Saturday, October 26, 2019
Blocks 2/3 of Contractors from Bidding: Caldwell Allows Bill 37 to Become Law
By News Release @ 5:09 AM :: 4156 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...In the period between now and when Bill 37 becomes effective, the mayor will work with interested parties to rectify the issues concerning this bill....

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Friday, October 25, 2019
Petranik, Napier tackle tough issues facing isle businesses
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:05 PM :: 2328 Views :: Small Business

...Steve Petranik, editor of Hawaii Business Magazine, and Kam Napier, editor-in-chief of the Pacific Business News, share their insights about Hawaii's business climate....

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Sunday, October 20, 2019
Business Fees Go Down! – Huh?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2911 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...In the news recently was a story about business and licensing fees actually going down....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
PLA measure is pilau
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:53 PM :: 3943 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

... What happens when a government tries to fix a system that isn’t broken? ....

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Saturday, October 19, 2019
Honolulu GOP: Veto Bill 37
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:22 PM :: 3734 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...Bill 37 amounts to a sweetheart deal for big union labor and will guarantee that the county will have to spend more on future infrastructure projects....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
Hawaii Death Tax Will Soon be Tied for #1
By Tax Foundation @ 4:21 AM :: 4004 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...Washington State’s 20 percent rate is the highest estate tax rate in the nation, although Hawaii is set to increase its top rate to 20 percent effective January 1, 2020....

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Friday, October 18, 2019
Hawaii Vape Retailers Oppose Proposed E-Cigarette, Store-Bought, Nicotine Flavor Ban
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 41118 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

...Currently, the minimum age to purchase nicotine vapor products in Hawaii is 21....

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019
Bill 37: Why Contractors Should Compete
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:42 PM :: 3426 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...a proposed policy in Honolulu may prevent nonunion employers from bidding on government projects....

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Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Hawaii: Lowest Percentage of Young Business Owners
By News Release @ 3:38 AM :: 2867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

...Hawaii had the lowest percentage of Millennial-owned businesses -- 3.65%....

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Thursday, October 10, 2019
Council approves PLAs despite many concerns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 PM :: 4801 Views :: Honolulu County, Labor, Small Business

...After a public hearing, the Council approved the bill, 7-2, It now goes to the mayor....

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019
Ala Wai Development Plan Serves OHA, not Boaters
By Andrew Walden @ 3:31 AM :: 4954 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Small Business

...OHA stands to potentially receive a 20% cut of revenues generated from development of so-called ‘ceded lands’-- such as the Ala Wai harbor....

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Thursday, October 3, 2019
How to improve Hawaii’s business climate
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 AM :: 2188 Views :: Small Business

...Oahu Weds Oct 23 -- Maui Fri Oct 25....

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Sunday, September 29, 2019
They’re Taking Their Business Elsewhere
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 4125 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

...We, among many others, have long warned that if government squeezes our population too hard with taxes, regulations, and other impediments, people will vote. Not necessarily at the ballot box, but with their feet.... 

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