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Sunday, December 21, 2014
London Mayor’s Unpaid Tax Bill
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3948 Views :: Taxes

Recently he made news by publicly saying he absolutely won’t pay his U.S. taxes....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 4165 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
Policy Talk: New Governor and His Agenda
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:46 AM :: 5534 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Grassroot Institute of Hawaii discusses the proposed 11-point action plan of the new governor of Hawaii, David Ige....

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tax Hike: City Chooses to Boost Property Assessments 7.1%
By News Release @ 4:06 PM :: 4111 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

The city has prepared the real property assessment notices for 2015, and the total assessed valuation of all taxable real property on Oahu has increased from $200.74 billion to $214.90 billion....

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Monday, December 15, 2014
Unemployment Insurance Rates Drop 22%
By News Release @ 8:50 PM :: 5306 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...resulting in employers paying $50 million less in taxes, or $100 less per employee on average for 2015....

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Sunday, December 14, 2014
A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3697 Views :: Taxes

...when a Hawaii taxpayer reaches $200,000 in federal adjusted gross income, a number of bad things happen that, in total, can result in a marginal tax rate of 367,100% on that last dollar....

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Sunday, December 7, 2014
End Run Around Nexus
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3856 Views :: Taxes

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases....

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Friday, December 5, 2014
Ige's Commitment: 'No Hidden Agendas, Avoid Raising Taxes'
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 5837 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Politicians, Taxes

"We will spend public funds thoughtfully and without waste to avoid raising taxes...."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Hawaii Taxes on Poverty-Level Income 2nd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:25 PM :: 4683 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii income taxes cost a single parent of two children $272 at poverty level....

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Sunday, November 23, 2014
Who’s the Boss, Anyway?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3799 Views :: Taxes

Under the TBOR, tax increases and significant government borrowing had to be presented to the voters before they could take effect....

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Thursday, November 20, 2014
CATO: Abercrombie Boosted Spending $900M
By Selected News Articles @ 7:48 PM :: 5196 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii taxpayers can now breathe easier because he was defeated in the Democratic primary....

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Sunday, November 16, 2014
The 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 4537 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

The Tax Foundation just released its 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index....

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
Forbes: Hawaii Ranks 45th for Business, Careers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 5047 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

Hawaii has one of the most onerous business tax situations. Another drawback: the highest cost of living....

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Saturday, November 8, 2014
Operating Loss? How Hawaii Corporate Income Taxes Compare
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 AM :: 5925 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

When businesses suffer losses in a calendar year, well-structured corporate tax codes allow them to deduct those losses against previous or future tax returns....

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Sunday, November 2, 2014
The Great Pension Debate
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4742 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Other states don’t have anything like these exceptions....

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Saturday, November 1, 2014
No New Taxes? Ige Refuses to Answer Questions About Broken Promise
By News Release @ 2:30 PM :: 4877 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Ige comes under increasing scrutiny for supporting tax hikes while misleading attacks on Duke Aiona fall apart....

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Photo: Ige's Broken No New Taxes Pledge
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 5841 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Why did David Ige sign Grover Norquist's pledge not to raise taxes only to break it later? He's not the only one....

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
No New Taxes? Ige Broke Promise
By News Release @ 5:49 PM :: 5642 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

David Ige Once Promised Hawaii Taxpayers He Wouldn't Raise Their Taxes, Then Promptly Broke It....

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Thursday, October 30, 2014
Fact: Takai Voted for Pension Tax Twice
By Rep Barbara Marumoto @ 5:35 PM :: 5705 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Takai actually ran a TV commercial claiming he opposed the pension tax “every time.”  This is false and Takai knows it....

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Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Schatz Proposes 66% Tax Rate for Self-Employed
By News Release @ 8:47 PM :: 5800 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...a tax that has been described as the largest tax increase in U.S. history....

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Ige Was For Pension Taxes Before He Was Against Them
By News Release @ 7:02 PM :: 3941 Views :: Taxes

...yes I did look at the pension tax as an option. I did look at raising the GET tax....

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Djou Hits Takai on Pension Tax in Latest Commercial
By Video @ 6:55 PM :: 4653 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Takai voted to raid the state retirement fund and to institute a pension tax....

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Hawaii Ranks 30th on Business Taxes
By News Release @ 6:19 PM :: 4523 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the State Business Tax Climate Index, released this morning by the nonpartisan Tax Foundation....

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Monday, October 27, 2014
Ige 'Education Tax' Would Hit All UH Graduates' Income
By News Release @ 5:26 PM :: 4893 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

...The tax shall be levied and assessed against the gross income of each graduate for the first ten years of employment....

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Monday, October 27, 2014
VIDEO: David Ige 2.0 Event Highlights Record Of Failed Policies
By Video @ 4:18 AM :: 5528 Views :: Education K-12, Politicians, Taxes

Senator Ige Leaves Door Open For More Excise Taxes, Jokes About Hot School Crisis....

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Sunday, October 26, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow GDP? (Part 3)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5092 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes

...Hawaii fell eight rungs from last year, tying the great state of New Jersey for the honor of being the least improved state....

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
$40.8M Missing: Rail GE Tax Revenues Short Again
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 4898 Views :: Rail, Taxes

10% shortfall--just happens to equal the State's override for collecting the tax....

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Friday, October 24, 2014
VIDEO: Takai has spent over a decade trying to raise taxes on just about everything
By Video @ 1:33 PM :: 4860 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Mark Takai has spent over a decade trying to raise taxes on just about everything....

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014
S.567: Schatz Proposes Largest Tax Hike in US History
By Selected News Articles @ 8:56 PM :: 5466 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Taxes

GovTrack predicts S.567 and H.R.3118 has a 0% chance of passing out of committee and a 0% probability of being enacted....

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Hawaii ranks worst for tax burden, report says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:59 PM :: 5275 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii ranks worst in three major categories in the seventh annual “Rich States, Poor States” report....

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Friday, October 17, 2014
Ige Ignored Efforts For Tax Relief On Groceries
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 4245 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...earlier this year, when Senator Ige had a bipartisan measure to provide tax relief on groceries (SB2206, 1/16/14) before his committee, he ignored it....

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Budget: Does Hawaii Have a Boom, or a Bust?
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:09 PM :: 4068 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

“...a number of serious hard decisions need to be made financially for our state budget.”

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Thursday, October 16, 2014
Ige: "I Did Look at Pension Tax as an Option"
By Video @ 3:06 AM :: 4827 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...Senator Ige was for these misguided tax hikes before he was against them....

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
2013: Ige's TAT Raid Set Up County GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 3134 Views :: Taxes

...2011 was not the only time Ige pushed a measure that would raise general excise taxes....

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Monday, October 13, 2014
Congress to Consider Internet Sales Tax After Election
By NCPA @ 1:40 PM :: 4088 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

...lawmakers are pushing to enact the Marketplace Fairness Act after the November midterm elections....

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Sunday, October 12, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow Hawaii's GDP?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4734 Views :: Economy, Taxes

Elections are happening every day. People are constantly voting, with their dollars and with their feet....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Ige Defensive over Tax Hikes, Broken Promises
By News Release @ 4:01 PM :: 4588 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...another week has gone by where Senator David Ige found himself defending tax hikes and broken promises....

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Saturday, October 11, 2014
Where Does Hawaii Rank in Rich States, Poor States?
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:16 AM :: 8211 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii is ranked the worst state in three categories....

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Honest? Ige Once Signed 'No New Taxes' Pledge
By News Release @ 5:00 PM :: 4522 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

"I don’t make promises to people that I can’t keep." 

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Ban on Internet Access Taxes Could Produce Tax Cut for Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 3553 Views :: Taxes

If passed and signed into law, PITFA would make the ITFA moratorium permanent and force these seven states to cease imposing taxes on Internet access....

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Friday, October 10, 2014
Hawaii Counties Score ‘D’ on Administration of Property Taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 4442 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...six states received D+ or D grades: Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island....

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Thursday, October 9, 2014
Hawaii Ranks 4th on Income but 44th on Federal Taxes Paid
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 AM :: 4391 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Hawaii Ranks 11th overall: 4th on Income, 20th on GDP, and 44th on Federal Taxes....

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Gas Tax: Hawaii Ranks #4 in USA
By News Release @ 2:19 AM :: 4103 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The federal government adds 18.40 cents per gallon in each state....

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Monday, October 6, 2014
Study Shows Ige's Tax Hikes Leave Hawaii Far Behind
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 6117 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

"Instead of addressing the soaring cost of living facing Hawaii's middle-class families, Senator Ige and Governor Abercrombie piled on even more taxes...."

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Sunday, October 5, 2014
Falling Off the Cliff
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3749 Views :: Taxes
"wheeeeeee...splat."
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Friday, October 3, 2014
Hawaii will go bust by 2016, Senate minority leader says
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:34 AM :: 4834 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...the state is “headed into a situation where there is anticipated fiscal year imbalance” because spending is outpacing revenue....

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Thursday, October 2, 2014
Small Business Protests Ige's GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 4:54 PM :: 3223 Views :: Taxes

...Ige tried to raise the most burdensome tax for families and small businesses in Hawaii another 25 percent....

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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Forum: Will Hawaii's State Government Go Bust in 2016?
By News Release @ 7:31 PM :: 4625 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes
Unfunded liabilities, downsized revenue projections & soaring project costs... Do these spell financial disaster for Hawaii's State government?
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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Ige Again Claims He Opposed the Tax Increases He Voted For
By News Release @ 1:35 PM :: 4979 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...Senator Ige's Record Of Supporting Tax Hikes Includes An Excise Tax Increase And A Tax On Pensions....

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
VIDEO: Ige Led the Way to Higher Taxes
By Video @ 3:49 PM :: 4991 Views :: Politicians, Taxes
Hawaii Ad: "Every Moment"
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