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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 5457 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu: For 1000s Property Tax Rate Will Quadruple Sept 1
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6222 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...People who aren’t aware of what happened may find themselves with property tax bills many times what they are now....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 5036 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 4483 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Postpone tax talk until after rail audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:44 PM :: 3081 Views :: Taxes

...there is, in fact, another feasible option: no tax increases at all....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Which Counties Benefit Most From the Home Mortgage Interest Deduction?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:16 PM :: 3761 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...how much U.S. taxpayers deduct in home mortgage interest by county....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 4188 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Rep Tupola Backs Forensic Audit for HART
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 5458 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...City and HART officials were often unable to give specific answers to our questions and rarely took responsibility for their cost overruns and inflated budgets....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
No need for special session this summer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 4866 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the immediate cash flow problems have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds to help bail out the project....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Rail Fail: Why You Should Speak Out
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:04 PM :: 5181 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...Honolulu Rail Project is on track to becoming the costliest and most mismanaged public transportation project in our nation's history....

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017
Full Text: Lawmaker Leaks Plan to Make Sister Isles Pay for Rail -- Public Hearing Set
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 5746 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature is hosting a public informational briefing on state funding for the City & County of Honolulu’s rail project at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 in the State Capitol auditorium....

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Monday, August 7, 2017
Why Hawaii Isn't Rich Like Texas
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:01 AM :: 5717 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

Texas has no personal income tax....

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Sunday, August 6, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5267 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Saturday, August 5, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 5264 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017
Secret Rail Meetings at Legislature
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 5525 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

... If the funding of rail was all that was on the table it would be simple....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
No Hanahana -- Kaukau Anyway
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4798 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if you don’t work, you don’t eat....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
$1.6B Available to Pay for Rail -- Without Raising Taxes
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 7368 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... we found $1.595B being siphoned off of Rail for non-rail purposes ....

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Sunday, July 23, 2017
EITC: Devil in the Details
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3312 Views :: Taxes

On July 10, 2017, Governor Ige proudly signed House Bill 209, a bill that establishes a Hawaii earned income tax credit.... 

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Thursday, July 20, 2017
How High Are Individual Income Tax Collections in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:42 PM :: 4054 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Before the latest increase, Hawaii ranked 11th ....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
HART Boardmember: Our Credibility has Disappeared, Nobody Knows Who is Responsible
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 7035 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...Full Text: Letter to HART Boardmembers, Mayor and County Councilmembers from John Henry Felix....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
Hawaii Death Tax: State Gets You in the End
By Tax Foundation @ 10:48 PM :: 4415 Views :: Taxes

...State inheritance and estate taxes, together with the federal estate tax, reduce investment, discourage business expansion, and can sometimes drive wealthy taxpayers out of state....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Giving Rail Credit Where it Isn't Due
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 4242 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money....

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Thursday, July 13, 2017
Road Funding: Nobody Pays More Than Hawaii Drivers
By Tax Foundation @ 1:33 PM :: 3924 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the share of state and local road spending that is covered by tolls, user fees, and taxes varies drastically. It ranges from only 12 percent in Alaska to 76.3 percent in Hawaii....

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
GE Tax Equivalent to 13% Sales Tax
By Andrew Walden @ 1:51 PM :: 5005 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii GET taxes many products multiple times and ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income compared to the national median sales tax which applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Sunday, July 2, 2017
Carving Up the Price of Car Rentals
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4412 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

One of the legislative bills that is now being considered by Gov. David Ige is a curious bill, HB 735, involving the car rental industry.... 

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Video: Roth vs Anderson on GE Tax Hike
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 4591 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Either Anderson did not understand how the GE Tax works, or he pretended not to....

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Monday, June 26, 2017
Universal Basic Income Is A Lazy Solution To The Oncoming Labor Crisis
By Selected News Articles @ 10:36 PM :: 4894 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...Hawaii recently became the first state to make a major push towards a universal basic income....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Anatomy of Epic Fail on Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4147 Views :: Rail, Taxes

To what or whom should we be looking for leadership to get us out of this mess?

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 8094 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
How High Are Spirits Taxes in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:15 PM :: 3694 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxes the spirit at $5.98 per gallon....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
10 Buildings With the Highest Honolulu Property Taxes in 2016
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 5031 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Honolulu raked in over $50 million in property taxes last year, from the top 10 taxpaying properties alone....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Rail Tax Hike: Legislators Promise Special Session, but Cannot Agree on Date or Funding Mechanism
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 3985 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...no specific dates have been set for the special session and no rail funding mechanism has been agreed upon....

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Sunday, June 18, 2017
Closing an Estate Tax Loophole?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:05 AM :: 3619 Views :: Taxes
...this bill seems like a knee-jerk reaction....
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Thursday, June 15, 2017
Wine Taxes: Hawaii Ranks 12th
By Tax Foundation @ 2:04 AM :: 4554 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Check out today’s map below to see where your state lies on the wine tax spectrum....

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Thursday, June 15, 2017
State Labor Negotiators partly to blame for counties’ tax hikes
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:57 AM :: 4601 Views :: Labor, Taxes

...negotiations with the public employee unions take place mostly at the state level, but the counties nevertheless are on the hook....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Oahu GOP: No Rail Tax Hike Special Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:36 AM :: 4979 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Island taxpayers are already struggling from paycheck to paycheck....

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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Reaching Back into the Past
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 2961 Views :: Taxes

...retroactive tax legislation....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 4339 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:35 AM :: 4769 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

All fifty states and the District of Columbia impose some tax on beer above and beyond the general sales tax....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
GE Tax Hike Cornerstone of McDermott Plan to Rescue Rail
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:32 AM :: 4960 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...McDermott calls for Special Session....

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Supreme Court to Hear Rail Skim Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 5515 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State of Hawaii on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 11:15 AM at the Supreme Court Courtroom....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Death Tax? Yes Hawaii Has One
By Tax Foundation @ 3:17 AM :: 4703 Views :: Taxes

...Fourteen states and the District of Columbia impose an estate tax....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
HB209: Tax credit to help poor really helps politicians
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:45 AM :: 5506 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GEMS: A Raid by Any Other Name…
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5196 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

GEMS, as a program, has been a miserable failure, resulting primarily in a large wad of cash that is just sitting in the bank. That’s why our legislature got the bright idea to “use” it to prop up another miserable failure – the “Cool the Schools” initiative....

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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 :: 4288 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

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

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Friday, May 19, 2017
State, Counties Pass Tax Hikes off to Each Other
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 2822 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties are all considering raising the property tax....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Which Places Pay the Most in Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:12 PM :: 3504 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of home values, so it follows that higher property taxes are paid where housing prices are higher than average....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
TrumpTax: Losing the State Tax Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3132 Views :: Taxes

On April 26, the Trump Administration released a document that contained a roadmap of sorts for an overhaul of the federal tax code....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 4044 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 6783 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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