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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Vacation Rentals: Tax Hike Bills on the Move in the Legislature
By Selected News Articles @ 6:47 PM :: 5758 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

There are 20 bills currently on the table dealing with vacation rentals....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Don’t mug taxpayers to pay for Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:01 AM :: 3381 Views :: Taxes

...give everybody a pay raise--by cutting taxes....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
Unfunded Pensions – Tip of the Iceberg?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

Is a 7% return on investment sustainable into the future? Another organization that studied the issue said that a more realistic rate of return would be the “risk-free” rate, which they calculated at 2.344%....

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Sunday, February 5, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 4162 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Saturday, February 4, 2017
UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest
By UHERO @ 12:22 AM :: 6491 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...an owner of an investment property in Honolulu worth less than half a million dollars can expect to see his (her) combined City and State property tax bill double....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
Hawaii GE Tax Bites into 99.21% of personal income
By Tax Foundation @ 4:52 PM :: 4042 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii has the broadest sales tax in the United States, but it taxes many products multiple times and, by one estimate, ultimately taxes 99.21 percent of the state’s personal income....

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Friday, February 3, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 4177 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Thursday, February 2, 2017
Recycling Company Cited for Water Pollution
By News Release @ 10:08 AM :: 5713 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes

The company had also placed discarded materials and equipment in a drainage ditch that is recognized as a state water body and protected by state and federal regulations....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
‘Challenging and exciting times’
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:07 PM :: 4234 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...challenging times include high shipping costs, high taxes, a high rate of public sector unionism, shaky government pension programs, inadequate housing supply and pervasive homelessness, excessive business and employment regulations, cronyism and corruption....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 4783 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Friday, January 27, 2017
Governor says treat symptoms, not causes of our economic woes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:42 PM :: 4180 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

3,600 words full of spending proposals and sunny guarantees about the future....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Making property taxes less taxing
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:58 PM :: 4005 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

A few weeks ago, Hawaii homeowners received their 2017 property tax assessments. It was not a pleasant way to end the holidays or start the new year....

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Sunday, January 22, 2017
Funding Nonexistent People
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5543 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Taxes

...our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead. Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many times that amount for people who don’t even exist?....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 4536 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii Among Most Expensive States for Smokers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:55 PM :: 4809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...Total Cost Per Smoker: $2,048,587....

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Sunday, January 15, 2017
Michael, Row the Boat Ashore
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4304 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division....

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Sunday, January 8, 2017
What's Next for Marijuana Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4648 Views :: Taxes, Drugs

... legislators are considering a special, higher GET rate for marijuana, but haven’t decided upon that rate yet ....

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Sunday, January 1, 2017
Ige’s Billion Dollar Psych-Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4555 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the Ige Administration has been meeting with the unions....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
10 New Year's Resolutions for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:55 PM :: 5304 Views :: Hawaii State Government, OHA, Taxes

Stop the unconstitutional use of public funds to turn native Hawaiians into a race-based tribe. Instead, focus on what would really help them -- like better schools, more housing, and economic development....

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Monday, December 26, 2016
Indigestible: DoTAX 2016 Tax Digest--87 Pages
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 3199 Views :: Taxes

This digest summarizes the Hawaii tax laws enacted during the 2016 Regular Session and the federal tax laws enacted during calendar year 2015....

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Sunday, December 18, 2016
Hawaii Retroactive Tax Hikes Every Year
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4934 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

People get viscerally upset when you tell them they need to follow a rule they didn't know and couldn't have known....

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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Caldwell Raises Property Taxes 5.9% By Jacking up Assessments
By News Release @ 12:31 AM :: 4670 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

Tomorrow, the city will send approximately 300,000 notices....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Only 3% of Hawaii Tobacco Taxes Used for Anti-Tobacco Programs
By News Release @ 4:05 PM :: 4722 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

...The State is the senior partner in the tobacco industry....

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Monday, December 12, 2016
OHA Fishing for Money from Fishermen?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 6368 Views :: OHA, Small Business, Taxes

OHA may be able to pick boaters’ pockets, but it turns out shore-bound fishermen are protected....

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Sunday, December 11, 2016
Taxes Reaching Back into the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3344 Views :: Taxes

If Dot Foods loses, none of us is safe....

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Tuesday, December 6, 2016
Homeowners with Exemptions Reminded to File State Tax Returns—Or Else!
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 5182 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

...due to a change in requirements, those residents who have qualified for exemptions in the past must now file a state resident income tax form or risk being disqualified....

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Thursday, December 1, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 9540 Views :: Economy, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

...OHA milked $12,684,000 from Harbors Division in 2015....

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Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Is the Hawaii wharfage increase needed?
By Michael Hansen @ 3:50 AM :: 5020 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

...the cumulative effect is a 54.8% increase in Wharfage rates....

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Sunday, November 20, 2016
What TrumpTax May Mean For Hawaii
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:08 AM :: 3776 Views :: Taxes

The result of the general election earlier this month raises the possibility of a high magnitude shake-up in our federal tax system....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 5471 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Sunday, November 13, 2016
Tax Appeal Court Strikes Down Honolulu’s “Residential A”
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3802 Views :: Taxes

...the classification ran afoul of three protections that the U.S. Constitution, and, to some extent, the Hawaii Constitution, provide under the Commerce Clause, the Equal Protection Clause, and the Privileges and Immunities Clause....

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016
Making it up as they go along: HIDOT Now Claims Admin Costs Only $18K per mile
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 3814 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Gov Ige's Newsletter shares HIDOT's latest tax hike sales pitch ....

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Sunday, November 6, 2016
When Is an Interstate Agreement Not an Agreement?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3050 Views :: Taxes

For a very long time, states have been wrestling with the problem of how much to tax entities operating in more than one state....

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Friday, November 4, 2016
HART receives $55.1 million in GET revenue—Claims it is Not Enough
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 3834 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HART has now received a total of $1.8 billion in surcharge revenue for the rail project ... roughly $48.4 million less than projected....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 5553 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Thursday, October 27, 2016
Grassroot Backs Suit Against 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:39 PM :: 4380 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Grassroot Institute argues that this is not about the right to collect taxes, but rather a matter of mis-allocation of the funds....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2016
DoE to Tax New Housing from Kalihi to Ala Moana?
By News Release @ 11:11 PM :: 7021 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

...Public Hearings November 2 and 3, 2016....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Court: Caldwell’s Property Tax Scheme Illegal
By News Release @ 10:17 PM :: 5515 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

...Residential A Property Tax Classification Ruled Unconstitutional....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
DBEDT: Real Estate Investment Trusts in Hawaii--Analysis and Survey Results
By News Release @ 4:52 PM :: 4500 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

42 REITs were identified operating in Hawaii....

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Sunday, October 16, 2016
Squirreling Away More Funds for the Zoo
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4284 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Taxes

In March, the Honolulu Zoo was denied re-accreditation by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for the first time in its 100-year history....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
How much money are we "tipping" the government?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:23 PM :: 4785 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...the habit the state Department of Taxation has of keeping the money that is left over after they process the rail surcharge....

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Friday, October 14, 2016
HIDOT Touts $548M Unspent Federal Money as 'Significant Accomplishment'
By News Release @ 3:17 AM :: 4922 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

As of the end of Fiscal Year 2016 Hawaii’s Pipeline balance is $548 million....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Why did Governor Ige get an F for fiscal policy?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:15 AM :: 3885 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

In total, Governor Ige increased spending by $1.8 billion since he took office....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Hawaii Cellphone Tax 14.32%
By Tax Foundation @ 10:17 PM :: 4084 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Excessive taxes and fees, especially regressive per-line taxes, impose a disproportionate burden on low-income consumers....

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Monday, October 10, 2016
Honolulu Rail: From $4.6 B to $8.6 B In Eight Years. Now What?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 11:50 PM :: 4345 Views :: Rail, Taxes

An average family of five would have to pay more than $1,000 per year just to complete rail....

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
HIDOT Fails to Answer -- $78K Administrative Cost Per Mile
By Andrew Walden @ 11:46 PM :: 6570 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

"...Our numbers come from the DOT submittals to the federal government for the HI state-owned road system, so if they are ‘wrong’ then the DOT needs to say why they submitted them ‘wrong’...."

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Sunday, October 2, 2016
Fuel for Thought
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3192 Views :: Taxes

...a $4 million federal grant to come up with a “reimagining” of the taxes we currently pay....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii Roads: More Buck for Less Bang
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:23 PM :: 5694 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Despite that heavy spending, Hawaii’s roads are the worst in the U.S. for urban pavement conditions ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Hawaii's 2017 ranking for Business Tax Climate includes a lesson for the legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:46 PM :: 3458 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

I have good news. Hawaii improved its position in the Index, moving up from 30th to 26th overall....

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Thursday, September 29, 2016
Tax Cut Improves Hawaii Business Climate
By Selected News Articles @ 4:21 PM :: 4205 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The expiration of temporary tax increases in Hawaii resulted in the elimination of the top three individual income tax brackets and the lowering of the top marginal rate from 11 to 8.25 percent....

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