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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Hawaii's Best Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 135 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hilo is #1 ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Small Business Economic Trends: How does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 AM :: 109 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... the gold standard measurement of the Main Street economy ....

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
And Now the Big Guns Come Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 997 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Taxes

... I became convinced that the proceedings, or at least this part of them, were prearranged ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 568 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 533 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 732 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 939 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 912 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 870 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 1043 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
SB2553: Hawaii 'opt out' retirement scam
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 2972 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a scam designed to shunt the least attentive investors -- those who do not 'opt out' -- into low return, high fee accounts run by whichever financial institution makes the most campaign contributions....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 41st--Will Legislature Send Tax Cuts to Governor?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 1483 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green addressed the tax and migration issues in his policy brief issued last month. One of his solutions is indexing the state's income tax for inflation, he said ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Lahaina: 43.8% of businesses “critical, on life support"
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 906 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...43.8% of businesses described themselves as “critical, on life support,” with only 3.1% reporting “doing great, feeling great.”....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
The Passthrough Entity Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 974 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... This is an issue here in Hawaii because our individual income tax rates can go up to 11%, second highest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1217 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
GET on Health Care, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1191 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... HB 1675: GET exemption for medical services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Bill 121: TVRs to be Banned?
By Video @ 12:00 PM :: 1568 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Once Hawaii County forces families to apply for permits, the next step will be an effort to ban our industry entirely ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 2560 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1444 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Hawaii bill that would increase automobile insurance draws ire
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 1669 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... The Senate passed the bill 23-2, with Republican Sens. Brenton Awa and Kurt Fevella casting the lone "no" votes ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
HB1675: No GE Tax on Medical Services
By Video @ 3:40 AM :: 1429 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... supporting HB 1675 as the first step in getting rid of GET for medical services ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1454 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 1881 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1412 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Greater usage of cryptocurrency in Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:22 PM :: 685 Views :: Small Business

... After the state Division of Financial Institutions started implementing stringent cryptocurrency regulations in 2014, crypto companies started fleeing the state ....

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Tuesday, February 13, 2024
Liberation of crypto is win for Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:35 PM :: 1256 Views :: Small Business

... the state Division of Financial Institutions has quietly decided to let cryptocurrency companies operate freely in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, February 7, 2024
Kula Fire Recovery: "No one is coming to save you"
By Selected News Articles @ 4:47 PM :: 1603 Views :: Maui County, Development, Small Business

“For a long time, people looked to government like it was their job to take care of everything. But the best course of action is not to go through elected officials, it’s to stand up and do it."

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Monday, February 5, 2024
Court: HMSA Physician Contracts “oppressive, unconscionable, and unenforceable”
By Andrew Walden @ 7:48 PM :: 3689 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... In a February 2, 2024 Order, 3rd Circuit Judge Robert D S Kim has voided HMSA, HMSA Medicare, and Quest ‘Participating Physician Agreements’ ....

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Saturday, February 3, 2024
DCCA Dumps Mis-Named 'Innovation Lab': Crypto Suddenly Deregulated
By News Release @ 1:20 AM :: 1170 Views :: Small Business

... The Aloha State had persistently earned a virtually worst-in-the-nation popularity for its unfriendliness towards digital currencies—second solely to New York, a state with a Bitlicense that Hawaii was trying to adapt ....

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Monday, January 29, 2024
Senate Sets Triple Hearing on Vacation Rental Bill
By News Release @ 9:06 PM :: 1388 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... Senate Bill 2919 establishes State Regulations for short-term vacation rentals, allows the counties to adopt zoning ordinances and regulations for the amortization or phasing out of certain land lands or structures, and applies the TAT to shelters and vehicles with, or advertised as including, sleeping accommodations ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
Proposed STR regulations pose threat to Hawaii Island economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:39 PM :: 1447 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1243 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... restaurants hit with surprise tax bill applicable to the financial aid received under federal Restaurant Revitalization Fund .... 

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
LLC Ownership Secrecy: Oh BOI, More Red Tape for All
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1339 Views :: Ethics, Small Business

... ultra-wealthy oligarchs, bad actors, and others are seeing us—the United States—as a haven where they can park money or assets in entities, like limited liability companies ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Hawaii Bill Would Legalize Raw Milk Sales
By News Release @ 1:23 PM :: 1141 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... Passage into law would take an important step toward further rejecting a federal prohibition scheme in practice and effect ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii 9th Worst State to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 1259 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... 2024’s Best & Worst States to Start a Business ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1301 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Sunday, December 31, 2023
Restaurants Getting Cooked
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2062 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... A number of restaurants are in a pinch recently.  Here’s what happened to them ....

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Thursday, December 28, 2023
Minimum wage jumps to $14 January 1st
By News Release @ 2:18 PM :: 885 Views :: Labor, Small Business

... the minimum wage will increase to $14 per hour beginning on Jan. 1, 2024. Act 114 incrementally increases the minimum wage to $16 per hour Jan. 1, 2026, and to $18 per hour Jan. 1, 2028 ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Existing short-term Hawaii rentals may remain in operation, judge rules
By Selected News Articles @ 8:04 AM :: 2201 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... The ordinance that levies heavy fines on short-term rentals in Honolulu remains in effect only for new rentals beginning operations after the ordinance was put in place ....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2023
Army and HDOT Set to Negotiate 50-Year Lease for Dillingham Airfield
By News Release @ 5:32 PM :: 1156 Views :: Military, Small Business, Tourism

... Typically, local commanders are permitted to approve routine five-year leases, however, with HDOT seeking a longer term (50 years), the Army had to seek approval in Washington, D.C. ....

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Saturday, December 16, 2023
Green announces plan to use short-term rentals to help with Maui housing
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 1041 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... Should the incentives fail to motivate enough STRs to become available, Green may impose a short-term moratorium by mid-January, he said ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Empowering Food Entrepreneurs: Education, Policy Changes Needed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:10 AM :: 1153 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

...there are a few state rules holding them back....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wholesaling:  What You Don’t Know
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1389 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... you as a taxpayer can never really know, but you can protect yourself ....

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Tuesday, November 21, 2023
DOBOR: We Knew Surf School Bidding Was Rigged
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2045 Views :: Hawaii County , Ethics, Small Business

... After 'randomly' choosing four companies it turned out three of them are owned by the same person. ...

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Hawaii job count increases by 6,600
By Selected News Articles @ 2:26 PM :: 1384 Views :: Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... unemployment on Maui Island stands at 7.4% ....

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Tuesday, November 14, 2023
Hawaii is the fourth most impacted state by retail crime in America
By News Release @ 3:14 PM :: 3265 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... $288 stolen per resident ....

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Monday, November 13, 2023
While Lahaina Waits, One Business Quickly Allowed to Reopen
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 1673 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Drugs

... its a cannabis dispensary ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Relax rules on ‘cottage food’ entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 AM :: 1560 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... folks who simply want to sell homemade food products must jump through numerous hoops. Considering that one of the state’s official goals is to boost local food production, that just doesn’t seem right ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hawaii Among Worst: 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1677 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s property tax system ranked 31st and its unemployment insurance tax ranked 41st. The state is 42nd overall ....

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Tuesday, October 24, 2023
Honolulu Businesses Invited to Participate in Small Business Survey
By UHERO @ 9:25 PM :: 842 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Results from this survey will help the city allocate resources to better support the business community ....

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