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Sunday, February 20, 2022
Election year or not, higher taxes are on the Legislature’s agenda
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:17 AM :: 1116 Views :: Taxes

... Watching proposed tax hikes make their way through the Legislature has become an annual tradition ....

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Saturday, February 19, 2022
SB3250, SB3182 ‘wealth asset tax’ dangerous
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:13 AM :: 1362 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... ‘wealth tax’ great way to encourage capital flight ....

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Tuesday, February 15, 2022
Tax Hikes at the 2022 Legislature; Why the Push to Increase Hawaii Taxes
By Video @ 2:59 AM :: 1025 Views :: Taxes

... Hawaii legislators are aiming to increase taxes on fuels, property and capital gains, but that might be more trouble than it’s worth ....

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Monday, February 14, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax Fails to Change Environment
By Heartland Foundation @ 3:05 AM :: 1041 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... carbon-dioxide taxes are inherently regressive and disproportionally harm low-income families ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
The Legislature is still in session, and your property still is not safe
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:22 AM :: 1470 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... How many ways can our state legislators make life more miserable for us? ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
HB1919: No GE Tax on Food, Medical Care and Feminine Hygiene Products
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:07 AM :: 1350 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... the regressive general excise tax is one of the reasons for Hawaii’s high cost of living ....

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Sunday, February 13, 2022
SB2441: $58M Liquor Tax Hike
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1087 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... A tax hike on alcoholic drinks would be another burden on an industry that has suffered greatly over the past two years ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB1507: ‘Tax fairness’ really means tax increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 AM :: 1039 Views :: Taxes

... capital gains shall be taxed “at the highest marginal rate applicable to the taxpayer’s filing status and tax bracket.” ....

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Friday, February 11, 2022
HB2278 Carbon Tax $42.24 a Barrel
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:18 AM :: 1277 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This bill is a continuation of the policy of social-planning-via-taxation that has helped make Hawaii one of the most expensive states in the nation ....

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Monday, February 7, 2022
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would be Major Burden for Families, Small Business
By Heartland Foundation @ 4:40 AM :: 2280 Views :: Energy, Environment, Taxes

... Regressive Gasoline Tax Would Top Out At $33.16 Per Barrel In 2035 ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
SB3182: Establish 1% Asset Tax on All Worldwide Holdings
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:03 PM :: 1969 Views :: Taxes

... In this proposal, “assets” refer to the “worldwide net worth” of the taxpayer and includes items such as stock, business interests, stock and collectibles, business funds and more ....

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
SB3250 would give Hawaii highest income tax rate in U.S.
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:53 PM :: 1604 Views :: Taxes

... Hawaii already has the third-highest level of economic flight per capita in the nation. ...

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Sunday, February 6, 2022
Tax Hikes Still on the Table
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1466 Views :: Taxes

... Hold on to your wallet ....

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Saturday, February 5, 2022
VIDEO: Economic freedom key to reviving Hawaii small businesses
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:52 AM :: 3058 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business, Taxes

... Road map to prosperity ....

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Saturday, February 5, 2022
2022 Legislature: The Good, the Bad, and The Ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:35 AM :: 2474 Views :: Taxes, COVID-19

... you can't let your guard down when our esteemed legislators get together ....

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Thursday, February 3, 2022
SB2242 Hikes both income and capital gains taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:46 AM :: 2707 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... thus raising the state’s top income tax rate from 11% to 13% ....

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Sunday, January 30, 2022
The Future of Blankety Blank
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1572 Views :: Ethics, Taxes

... Want to pass one of these bills?  Go ahead, make my day! ....

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Saturday, January 29, 2022
Blangiardi Exempts Affordable rentals from GE Tax
By News Release @ 4:31 PM :: 1896 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes

... New incentives approved to spur development of affordable rentals ....

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Friday, January 28, 2022
2022 State Business Tax Climate Index--Hawaii Ranks 41st
By Tax Foundation @ 2:37 AM :: 2655 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... The states in the bottom 10 tend to have a number of afflictions in common: complex, nonneutral taxes with comparatively high rates ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
Hawaii: State of Tobacco Control
By News Release @ 3:25 AM :: 2812 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

... The 20th annual American Lung Association "State of Tobacco Control" report evaluates states ....

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Thursday, January 27, 2022
How Much Drivers Pay in Taxes at the Pump in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 AM :: 1859 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... On top of the federal gasoline tax of 18.4 cents per gallon, Hawaii levies an additional excise tax of 51.7 cents - the fourth highest gas tax rate among states ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
Honolulu 3rd Worst 'Sinkhole City'
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 2866 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... HONOLULU remained a Sinkhole City because it needed more than $3.9 billion, or $31,700 from each taxpayer, to pay its bills ....

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Tuesday, January 25, 2022
$100 Refund--How About $1,361?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:58 PM :: 2325 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"...increase the refund amount...."

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Sunday, January 23, 2022
Spotlight on Retirement Income
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2183 Views :: Taxes

... Their recommendation:  “Tax pension and other retirement income...."

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Under the Big Top
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2960 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... With this kind of money projected to come in the door, politicians of all stripes are staying up nights plotting and planning how to spend it ....

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Sunday, January 16, 2022
Unemployment insurance mess back to haunt us
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:37 AM :: 1263 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...Just like they were a year ago at this time, the businesses that provide jobs to the state’s civilian workforce are in danger of having their annual unemployment taxes skyrocket....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
Put state budget on a diet, Akina says on ‘Perry & The Posse’ show
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:50 PM :: 1459 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... What to do with the state’s $3 billion budget surplus ....

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Thursday, January 13, 2022
State budget windfall should be shared with taxpayers
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:39 AM :: 2295 Views :: Taxes

... the problem isn’t too little money, it’s too much ....

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022
Hawaii Tax Foundation to Host 2022 Legislative Briefing series
By Tom Yamachika @ 9:51 PM :: 1292 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The 2022 Legislative Briefings will be held via Zoom on the following Tuesdays from 7:30 am- 8:30 am ....

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Tuesday, January 4, 2022
Hawaii budget needs lifestyle change in 2022
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:55 PM :: 1140 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the result of years of indulgence and bad habits ....

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Sunday, January 2, 2022
Considering a Carbon Tax with Rebates
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1279 Views :: Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... This is not the only recommendation the Tax Review Commission came up with ....

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Saturday, January 1, 2022
Native Hawaiian Access to Healthcare is a Symptom of a Statewide Problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:38 PM :: 2229 Views :: Health Care, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “Hawaiʻi is the ʻmost hostile health environment to practice in," physician says ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
More on 'Green Fees'
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1314 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... a chance to get in front of lawmakers and argue that we aren’t being taxed enough ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
Take heart: We represent the mainstream
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:00 AM :: 1369 Views :: Economy, Taxes

... these are majority opinions in our state ....

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Sunday, December 26, 2021
‘Tourist tax’ surcharges threaten Hawaii recovery
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:52 AM :: 1302 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... the Aloha State now has the highest tourist taxes in the nation, topping out at 17.75% ....

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Thursday, December 23, 2021
State budget windfall opens way for tax cuts
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:15 PM :: 1190 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... calculations show there is plenty of room for the Legislature to break its habit of continually increasing taxes ....

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Sunday, December 19, 2021
The New County TAT Earmarks Aren’t the Real Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1223 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... these debates are meaningless ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
City Sends 2022 Real Property Assessments -- Average Increase 11.6%
By News Release @ 2:21 AM :: 1679 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... big fat property tax bills coming next ....

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Wednesday, December 15, 2021
Blangiardi signs bill to recover lost Transient Accommodations Tax revenue and give it to Rail
By News Release @ 1:34 AM :: 1455 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Translation: The Legislature took the counties' share of the state TAT away but let them impose their own TAT.  I'm giving it to rail -- so, in effect, other city services have been cut to fund rail but -- like a shell game -- with so many moving parts, the public has been deceived....

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Sunday, December 12, 2021
Foreign Trade Zone Kerfuffle
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1242 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... DoTax wants years of back GE Taxes ....

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Saturday, December 11, 2021
Maui: Property Tax Relief for Long-Time Families in SMA
By News Release @ 5:54 AM :: 1112 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Mayor Michael Victorino has signed Bill 118 -- the ʻAina Kūpuna bill -- that establishes a mechanism to provide long-time Maui families with tax relief for inherited real property in a Special Management Area ....

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Friday, December 3, 2021
Oahu's new 'tourism tax' will affect residents, too
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:19 PM :: 1651 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

... projected revenues from the tax fall short of what the project needs to cover its budget shortfalls ....

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Sunday, November 28, 2021
Tax Isn’t a Peanut Butter Cup
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1906 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Land Use, Taxes

... Once upon a time there were some property developers on Oahu ....

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Sunday, November 21, 2021
Tax Workers’ “Get Out of Jail Free” Card
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1597 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... In more recent years, the Hawaii Supreme Court has been giving the tax office even more help and protection ....

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Thursday, November 18, 2021
How is Maui Saving Hawaiian Lands?
By Video @ 11:42 PM :: 1329 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... ʻĀina kupuna bill to help long-time Maui families keep ancestral lands passes first council reading ....

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Thursday, November 11, 2021
Survey shows concern about government spending and debt
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:48 PM :: 1775 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The poll of nearly 1,000 Hawaii residents also found significant agreement that private firms should be more involved in delivering public services ....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Build Back Better? Hawaii Top Tax Rate to Hit 62.4%
By Tax Foundation @ 6:39 PM :: 2135 Views :: National News, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...A Tax Break for the Rich Could End up Being the Largest Part of the 'Build Back Better' Plan....

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021
SB666: Unconstitutional Entry Fee for Tourists
By UHERO @ 5:37 PM :: 1431 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... lump-sum entry fees assessed on visitors only are legally problematic in the U.S. as they may be judged to impede travel between states and discriminate against non-residents in violation of the U.S. Constitution and federal laws ....

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Tuesday, November 2, 2021
Maui County TAT Takes Effect
By News Release @ 5:23 PM :: 1515 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... the Maui County Transient Accommodations Tax (MCTAT) goes into effect November 1, 2021 ....

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Monday, November 1, 2021
There’s nothing so permanent as a temporary government measure
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:03 AM :: 1604 Views :: Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... the federal funds made it unnecessary for our legislators to take all of the TAT funds. But they did it anyway ....

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