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Sunday, October 29, 2017
Should Surfrider be Licensed to Pass Out Property Tax Exemptions?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6820 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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Thursday, May 25, 2017
HB209: Tax credit to help poor really helps politicians
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:45 AM :: 5789 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...state lawmakers mostly would just be raising taxes on the rich and giving it to themselves....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
HB209: Sneaky Legislators Limit Usefulness of Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 4496 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...but they didn't limit the oppressiveness of the income tax hike that went with it....

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Which Places Benefit Most From State and Local Tax Deductions?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:01 AM :: 4687 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

There are two factors contributing to this regional variation. The first is that higher-income taxpayers tend to take larger deductions....The second factor for county-by-county variation is that state and local tax regimes differ substantially....

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
CreditAbles
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4444 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

Terms being bandied about include exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, and among tax credits there are the “CreditAbles” – refundable, nonrefundable, and assignable credits.....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Green Energy Schemers: Hawaii success story because of the high price of electricity, state tax credits
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 6388 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

Honolulu ranks first for installed solar capacity per capita in the United States....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
After $2B in Tax Credits, High Tech Scammers Pay Only $27M in Taxes
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 5536 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

After burning $2B, the state received a pathetic $27.1 million in taxes from 150 companies tied to the High Technology Development Corporation....

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Thursday, February 9, 2017
HTDC Gives Away $9.8M of Your Tax Dollars to Six Tech Companies
By News Release @ 11:26 PM :: 4641 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

... $1.6M state tax dollars and $8.2M federal tax dollars given away, not loaned ....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
BLNR Approves Big Island Carbon Credit Scam
By News Release @ 2:52 PM :: 5148 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...Growing Trees will Provide Opportunity for Purchase of Credits....

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Tuesday, December 27, 2016
Tax Credits: Cronies and Phonies Rake in Millions
By Andrew Walden @ 3:52 PM :: 5041 Views :: Ethics, Tax Credits

The Act 221 High-Tech Tax Credit Scam, abolished in 2010, still cost Hawaii $38.4M four years later....

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Hawaii Motion Picture Tax Credits? DoTax Making it up as they go Along
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 11:22 PM :: 4767 Views :: Tax Credits

...THE FILM TAX CREDIT is set to sunset at the end of 2018....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
Hawaii Obamacare Premiums Going Up 32% for 2017—Unless You Get a Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:53 PM :: 5252 Views :: Health Care, Tax Credits

Health insurance premiums on the Affordable Care Act’s marketplaces (also called exchanges) are expected to increase faster in 2017 than in previous years....

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Sunday, October 23, 2016
What Californians Found Out about Hollywood Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3945 Views :: Tax Credits

...the tax credit program boosted California’s economy only minimally, if at all....

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Friday, October 21, 2016
Hawaii Proves Solar Power’s Dependence on Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 10:51 PM :: 5043 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

After Hawaii’s lucrative net metering program ended last October, the solar industry in the state lost about 450 jobs. Total employment now is just above 600....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Could you use an extra $500K? Can You Pretend to be a High-Tech Entrepreneur?
By News Release @ 11:16 PM :: 4747 Views :: Tax Credits

... We will give you $3K to write a grant for $70K you can use to scoop the $500K....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Calling All Cronies: UH Has $50K to Give You
By News Release @ 6:53 PM :: 5451 Views :: Higher Education, Tax Credits

Do you have acting skills? Can you pretend to be a Tech Entrepreneur?  UH has some money to give you....

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Saturday, July 30, 2016
High Tech Corporate Welfare: State Gives Away Another $3.2M of Your Tax Dollars
By News Release @ 3:23 AM :: 3587 Views :: Tax Credits

$3,273,533 in funding from two grant programs to 13 Hawaii companies to help support development of new products....

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Organic Food Tax Credit wins ‘Rusty Scalpel’ Award
By News Release @ 11:09 AM :: 5738 Views :: Ethics, Agriculture, Tax Credits

"...The content of the CD1 stunned us; it was passed without a single public hearing.  There clearly was no justification....”

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Sunday, July 10, 2016
Full Text: Lawsuit Accuses Movie Mogul of Pressuring Maui Mayor to Fire Film Commissioner
By Selected News Articles @ 12:42 AM :: 4981 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

"...the specs of the stages aren’t enough to shoot a porn...."

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Friday, July 8, 2016
Does the Film Industry Need Taxpayer Subsidies?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:36 PM :: 4062 Views :: Tax Credits
“A lot of the time, they’re simply checks.”
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Thursday, June 30, 2016
Hawaii Hi Tech Darling Mbloom Collapses After Feds Arrest ‘Porn King’ in $60M Indian Tribe Ripoff
By Andrew Walden @ 2:25 AM :: 15485 Views :: Democratic Party, Ethics, Tax Credits

And the 'fortunate sons' of John F Kerry and Joe Biden are involved, too....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016
Education Savings Accounts: A New Way Forward
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:27 AM :: 4761 Views :: Education K-12, Tax Credits

Taxpayers in Hawaii spend about $1.8 billion on education every year....

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Saturday, June 4, 2016
Hawaii Taxpayer-Funded Hi Tech Future: Cookies? Chopsticks?
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 4477 Views :: Higher Education, Tax Credits

"specialty crafted gourmet cookies made on Maui"

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Friday, May 20, 2016
Bankruptcy for Code Rebel: Yet Another Hawaii High Tech Tax Credit Implosion
By Andrew Walden @ 2:22 AM :: 9036 Views :: Tax Credits

... How many high-tech tax credit scams must we suffer before legislators and the governor shut off the flow of taxpayer dollars? ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2016
Organically Growing Tax Credits
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5862 Views :: Agriculture, Tax Credits, GMOs

Renewable fuel proponents took another shot this year at enacting a renewable fuels credit....

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016
The Fuzzy Accounting Behind Renewable Energy’s Falling Prices
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 4699 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...most of those “savings” are coming from taxpayers pockets....

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Does the EITC Reduce Savings Among the Poor?
By NCPA @ 7:00 PM :: 3745 Views :: Tax Credits

Few policies have enjoyed as much bipartisan support as the EITC....

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Government Spending Transparency: Hawaii Ranks 45th
By News Release @ 6:32 PM :: 4425 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

...Hawaii fails to provide any information at all on recipients of key subsidy programs....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Appleseed: Hawaii’s Poor Need a Tax Cut
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 6119 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living
“The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.”
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Half of Hawai’i Residents Struggling “Paycheck to Paycheck”
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 4925 Views :: Tax Credits, Cost of Living

The poll results also show that Hawaiʻi residents are highly concerned about the state’s high cost of housing....

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Thursday, February 25, 2016
UHERO Tries to Make Hi-Tech Tax Credits Look Good
By UHERO @ 3:01 AM :: 3904 Views :: Tax Credits

"...innovation-oriented projects that improve the living standards of Hawaii residents...." LOL!

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Friday, February 19, 2016
Which Places Benefit Most from State and Local Tax Deductions?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:37 PM :: 4352 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits
...Honolulu: $2,656 – Hawaii Co: $2,018 – Maui: $2,373 – Kauai: $2,278....
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Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Hawaii’s Expensive Green Energy Program Saves No Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:48 AM :: 6102 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's Green Energy Market Securitization program (GEMS) financed with $145 million in bonds....

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Sunday, December 20, 2015
GEMS: Gets Everyone’s Money Swiftly
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5960 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

...our government has forced our utilities to jack up our electric bills to pay for this financing program that, to date, has not been able to underwrite a single kilowatt....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Sugar Subsidies to be Cut in Budget Bill?
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 2:42 PM :: 5580 Views :: Agriculture, Tax Credits

Rep. Pitts is building momentum within Congress to reform this archaic depression-era corporate welfare package....

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Friday, November 6, 2015
Which Counties Benefit Most From Earned Income Tax Credit?
By Selected News Articles @ 10:10 PM :: 4594 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits

The map shows the average amount of EITC taken per tax return in every county in America....

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Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Relativity Media Issues Statement on Behalf of Maui Mayor Alan Arakawa
By News Release @ 2:06 PM :: 4830 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits

No.  This is not satire....

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Sunday, October 18, 2015
Taxpayers Also on the Hook for VW Diesel Dupe
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4727 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits

...the Energy Policy Act of 2005 extended an existing green vehicle tax credit to the new breed of diesels....

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Thursday, September 24, 2015
Kiplinger: Hawaii 4th Least Tax Friendly State
By News Release @ 4:39 AM :: 4827 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

The Aloha State, one of Kiplinger's top ten least tax-friendly states, is known for its high cost of living....

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Sunday, September 20, 2015
Can We Save the EITC by Making the Form Tougher?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3372 Views :: Tax Credits

...an "error rate," meaning payouts to people not legally entitled to them, in excess of 20% for the last ten years....

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Sunday, September 13, 2015
Tax Credits: Heads They Win, Tails You Lose
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3397 Views :: Tax Credits

...weeping, gnashing of teeth, and litigation....

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Friday, September 4, 2015
Auditor: DoTax allows $2B in Tax Credits Without Checking
By Hawaii State Auditor @ 6:55 PM :: 5849 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...in 2012, we reported that the State had issued and was responsible for reimbursing nearly $1 billion in tax credits; however, approximately three years later, we found that this obligation has nearly doubled, to almost $2 billion....

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:55 PM :: 6194 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Hawaii's tax structure is 2nd-worst in the US for labor-intensive manufacturing....

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Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Hawaii: Tech Still Receiving Massive Business Tax Subsidies
By Selected News Articles @ 3:29 PM :: 6666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tax Credits, Taxes

Excepting heavily incentivized research and development (R&D) operations, mature firms generally experience above-average tax costs in Hawaii....

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Sunday, August 16, 2015
Penny for Your Thoughts? No? How About 50 Million Then?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4754 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits
Is that how we steward taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars?
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Sunday, August 9, 2015
Relativity Media: E + mc = 0
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4096 Views :: Tax Credits

You may remember Relativity Media from its efforts at the Hawaii Legislature in 2011 and 2012....

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Thursday, July 30, 2015
Hawaii Dodges $500M Bullet as Billionaire Movie Mogul Declares Bankruptcy
By Andrew Walden @ 11:51 PM :: 7491 Views :: Tax Credits

The primary mover behind Relativity's failed "Accelerator Package"--Senate Ways and Means Chair David Ige....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2015
It's time to end net energy metering
By Selected News Articles @ 3:59 AM :: 5836 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits

...the threat of losing NEM has led some in the PV industry down the path of hyperbole, exaggeration and self-interested fear-mongering....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Sandwich Isles Communications: Political Connections Pay Off
By Andrew Walden @ 11:37 PM :: 36760 Views :: Akaka Bill, Democratic Party, DHHL, Ethics, OHA, Politicians, Tax Credits

originally published May, 2005, reprinted in honor of Al Hee being found guilty on all counts....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5771 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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