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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Road Usage Charge Versus Carbon Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 8:16 PM :: 214 Views :: Environment, Taxes

... Hawaii Department of Transportation has been studying implementation of a Road Usage Charge ....

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Sunday, September 18, 2022
​Rolling With a Road Usage Charge
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 805 Views :: Taxes

... support grew when rental cars are charged a higher rate than residents ....

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Hawaii Taxpayer Refunds Go Out Next Week
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 802 Views :: Taxes

... about 600,000 Hawaiʻi taxpayers are scheduled to receive approximately $294 million in tax refunds ....

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Monday, September 5, 2022
Hoping for the best, preparing for the worst
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:40 PM :: 620 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes

... Will Hawaii’s candidates on the 2022 campaign trail follow through on their promises? ....

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Sunday, September 4, 2022
No. 1 In the World – In Tourist Taxes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2177 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... Honolulu is 75% higher in taxes than the second most tourist-taxed city in the world ....

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Thursday, September 1, 2022
Should sacrifices go just one way?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:15 PM :: 632 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Does the state have a responsibility to “go without,” if that would be better for the people? ....

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Monday, August 29, 2022
Better Budgeting for a Better Economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:46 AM :: 579 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... lawmakers are allowed to waive the state’s spending cap by a two-thirds vote, which they routinely do ....

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Monday, August 22, 2022
To Tax or Not to Tax Sale of Food and Medicine
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 749 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... taxes on the purchases of those expenditures disproportionately hurt low income households ....

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Sunday, August 21, 2022
Can We Sack the GET?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 893 Views :: Taxes

... Why don’t we just get rid of it? ....

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Sunday, August 14, 2022
A GE Tax Exemption for Food
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:39 AM :: 864 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... The three Democratic candidates for governor all support it ....

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Saturday, August 13, 2022
Honolulu: Highest Tourist Taxes on Earth
By News Release @ 4:04 PM :: 1351 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Tourism

... $51.70 a night ....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2022
$100M Tax Hike: ​City to hold virtual public meetings for new Storm Water Strategic Plan
By News Release @ 7:18 AM :: 1011 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Stormwater: $100M Tax Hike After 36 Years of Lawyering and Foot-dragging ....

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Monday, August 8, 2022
How to Ensure Better Budgeting for a Better Economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:02 PM :: 748 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Tired of runaway government taxes, spending and debt?  Learn what we can do about it from budget expert Daniel Mitchell ....

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Sunday, August 7, 2022
Addressing the Tax Crisis in Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 848 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... According to the Hawaii Physician Shortage Crisis Task Force, taxes are one of the reason for the shortage ....

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Sunday, July 17, 2022
It’s Tourism, Mooooo
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 921 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... folks who seem to rank high on the milking list:  tourists....

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022
State Tax Receipts up 34.8%
By News Release @ 4:47 AM :: 939 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... FY2022 corporate income tax collections up 60.1% from the previous year, IIT collections up 22.3% from the previous year, and General Fund tax collections up 34.8% ....

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Sunday, July 10, 2022
Can the State Tax Itself?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 985 Views :: Higher Education, Taxes

... Tax Department wanted get a piece of the UH research grants ....

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Sunday, June 26, 2022
Maui No Ka $$
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 803 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County proposes to spend more than One Billion Dollars in this fiscal year, a 26% increase over last fiscal year ....

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Monday, June 13, 2022
Hawaii State Tax Burden: 14.1% of Income -- 3rd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:09 PM :: 896 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... State-local taxes paid $8,410 -- 14.1% of income ....

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Sunday, June 12, 2022
General Excise Tax on Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 876 Views :: Taxes

... Whether it be a bake sale, benefit dinner, or a silent auction, any income from an activity the primary purpose for which is raising money is GET taxable ....

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Sunday, June 5, 2022
The Kansas Experiment:  Ten Years Later
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 765 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... It would have increased the state sales tax and would have eliminated many tax credits and deductions.  The legislature, predictably, tossed out these offsets ....

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Saturday, June 4, 2022
Iwasa Rips Rail Recovery Plan: “Errors that no one seems to care about” 
By Natalie Iwasa @ 5:54 PM :: 1427 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... HART's recovery plan was shipped off to the FTA today with revenue projections that I think are too high ....

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Monday, May 30, 2022
Auē! All four counties are planning spending sprees
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:30 PM :: 995 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Taxes

... Hawaii’s gross domestic product is down by 4.43% since 2019, yet even as the economy suffers, all four counties seem determined to spend like crazy ....

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
Civic involvement is key to saving Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 910 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... efforts to reform the state’s emergency powers law; reduce barriers to housing; bring taxes, debt and state spending under control ....

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Sunday, May 22, 2022
If You Think Gas Prices Are Bad…
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1009 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... there are a lot of different taxes that go into the price at the pump ....

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Friday, May 20, 2022
VIDEO: 2022 Legislature still addicted to spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:17 PM :: 872 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... praiseworthy was the passage of a bill that will limit the state’s emergency powers, if the governor lets it become law ....

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Sunday, May 15, 2022
More Bills in the Home Stretch
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1025 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Law Enforcement, Taxes

... Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor ....

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Saturday, May 7, 2022
Hawaii GE Tax Bites in to 94% of Personal Income
By Tax Foundation @ 2:03 AM :: 938 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, COVID-19

... Hawaii’s GE Tax base has historically exceeded 100 percent of personal income but took a hit as the island’s economic profile changed during the pandemic ....

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Sunday, May 1, 2022
To GET or Not to GET – SVOG and RRF Are the Questions
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1075 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

“The general rule is that amounts received by a business that replace income are subject to GET."

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Sunday, April 24, 2022
Stealth Taxes in 2022
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1317 Views :: Taxes

... Lawmakers can be very crafty and propose things that don’t look like taxes ....

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Sunday, April 24, 2022
Swimming in money, legislators could easily add to debt burden
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:47 AM :: 1116 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... What one hand might be giving, the other might be taking away by spending money on things that could come back to haunt us ....

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Monday, April 18, 2022
High Tax Hawaii 43rd in Economic Growth
By Selected News Articles @ 4:53 PM :: 1061 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... A newly released report examines the tax burden and economic climate of all 50 states ....

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Friday, April 8, 2022
Hawaii Legislative Session: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:16 PM :: 964 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Numerous bills aimed at increasing our taxes have been shelved, and some good measures actually have a chance of passing ....

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Wednesday, April 6, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax resolution has good intentions, but that’s all
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:22 PM :: 893 Views :: Taxes

... penalizing homeowners, driving up already sky-high taxes, implementing privacy-invasive and severe enforcement measures and providing little to benefit to residents in need of affordable housing ....

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Sunday, April 3, 2022
A Tax Game-Changer for Nonprofits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1178 Views :: Taxes

... some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways ....

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Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:12 AM :: 1120 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... three tax types of state tax burdens — property taxes, individual income taxes and sales and excise taxes — as a share of total personal income in the state ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
‘Empty homes’ tax will not achieve goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:42 AM :: 1040 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... an empty homes tax would have the effect of penalizing homeowners, driving up already sky-high taxes, implementing privacy-invasive and severe enforcement measures and providing little to benefit to residents in need of affordable housing ....

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Monday, March 28, 2022
Hawaii 4th Highest Gas Tax in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:23 AM :: 1166 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Including the federal tax, taxes account for 13.8% of the average price of a gallon of gas in the state ....

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Sunday, March 27, 2022
A Bold Step Forward from Diapers
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1231 Views :: Family, Taxes, Cost of Living

... people on the lower end of the income spectrum spend comparatively more of their hard-earned dollars on general excise tax ....

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022
Hawaii Worst Taxpayer Return on Investment
By Selected News Articles @ 9:50 PM :: 1234 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... high taxes for poor quality services ....

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Thursday, March 17, 2022
Individual Income Taxes -- Hawaii 5th Worst
By Tax Foundation @ 4:16 AM :: 908 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Ranking Individual Income Taxes on the 2022 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Sunday, March 13, 2022
Non-Ad Valorem Property Tax Financing
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 931 Views :: Taxes

... HB 2088, creates a program where you could go to a lender, borrow money to make home improvements, and then repay the loan with payments that are added to your property tax bill ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
VIDEO: Grassroot Institute Celebrates 20 Years
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:16 AM :: 1494 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Republican Party, Small Business, Taxes

... several hundred attendees were treated to good food, inspirational speakers, terrific entertainment and great camaraderie ....

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Saturday, March 12, 2022
Halftime at the Legislature--What's Hot, and Not, in Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 2:56 AM :: 798 Views :: Taxes

... Some that are likely to get resurrected or with their content inserted into another vehicle ....

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Sunday, March 6, 2022
Launching an Annual Attack on the Wealthy
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1551 Views :: Taxes

... “wealth tax” in Senate Bill 3182 ....

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Friday, March 4, 2022
Bill 9: ‘Empty homes’ tax won’t fulfill intention
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:57 PM :: 1115 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... Bill 9 would impose a 3% property tax surcharge ....

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Sunday, February 27, 2022
Blockbusters Buried in “Tax Administration”
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 814 Views :: Taxes

... late filing penalties, which are now 5% a month but are capped at 25%, can go to 75% ....

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Friday, February 25, 2022
HB2278: Fuel tax damage will far outweigh measly tax credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 AM :: 1542 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The gasoline tax in 2035 will be $33.16 a barrel ....

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Sunday, February 20, 2022
We Have a Health Care Crisis – And Our Taxes Aren’t Helping
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1064 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... Medicare will only reimburse medical work at “reasonable charges” and will not reimburse the doctors for the GET they have to pay ....

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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 :: 1112 Views :: Taxes

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

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