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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 600 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
The ConAm Returns Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 577 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... The Counties all oppose this bill ....

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Sunday, February 11, 2024
Hoarding School Impact Fees
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 926 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes

... since 2007, not one thin dime has been spent out of the school impact fees collected ....

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Tuesday, February 6, 2024
A social tax policy I could agree with
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:13 PM :: 951 Views :: Taxes

... It used to be that you could trust the Legislature to not raise taxes during an election year ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Danger: 200 tax bills being considered by Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:59 PM :: 1294 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

"... they’re not providing a very efficient source of revenue ...."

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
What Were They Thinking?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1126 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the process to separate the wheat from the proverbial chaff has begun ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1121 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Sunday, January 28, 2024
DoTAX Grabs for Restaurants' COVID Relief Money
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:23 PM :: 1010 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
Reasons to be optimistic about the 2024 Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:00 AM :: 979 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Will this be the year that we finally start to see positive big changes — or are we going to see more taxes, more spending, more regulations? ....

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Wednesday, January 24, 2024
Enviros: Honolulu is Primed for Carbon Pricing
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 980 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Tax Credits, Taxes

... the Carbon Disclosure Project ....

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Tuesday, January 23, 2024
Recovery? Maui County Greets New Year with GE Tax Increase
By News Release @ 1:33 PM :: 1062 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Maui County surcharge and GET is 4.5% as of Jan. 1, 2024 ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Will Tax Relief be on Agenda for 2024?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 979 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... In the 2023 legislative session, that legislation was amended beyond recognition in both the House and Senate ....

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Saturday, January 20, 2024
Hold on to your wallets! The Legislature is back in session
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:56 AM :: 1021 Views :: Development, Land Use, Taxes

... “artificial limiters” imposed on the housing stock via the state’s 5% cap on land zoned for residential ....

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Thursday, January 18, 2024
Legislature Considering Constitutional Amendment to Enact a State Property Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 3:01 PM :: 1291 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

... a bill calling for a constitutional amendment to enact a tax on residential investment property valued at over $3 million ....

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Sunday, January 14, 2024
More Tax Hikes Coming
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1600 Views :: Taxes

... It isn’t very far into the new year, but already the tax hike proposals have begun ....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Americans Moved to Low-Tax States in 2023
By Tax Foundation @ 11:20 PM :: 1130 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii 3rd biggest loser ....

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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Tax Word Find
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1028 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... remedy the consequences of some other folks who dropped the ball ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Merry Wet Christmas for Honolulu BWS
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3052 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Honolulu consumers will be subjected to a double whammy next year ....

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Friday, December 22, 2023
Long-term rental tax relief should include mixed-use properties
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1113 Views :: Hawaii County , Taxes

... a new real property tax classification specifically for long-term rental properties ....

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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 :: 2022 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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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Help Maui fire victims, but not by abusing STR owners
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:06 PM :: 1095 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Green has acknowledged that an STR ban would probably result in legal challenges, but he shouldn’t ignore the fact that a back-door ban through a tax hike also could result in legal and political headaches ....

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Sunday, December 17, 2023
Voluntary tax incentives could encourage landlords to house displaced Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:34 PM :: 1100 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... provide anyone who rents to Lahaina residents displaced by the August 2023 wildfires a 100% exemption from Maui County’s property tax ....

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Wednesday, December 13, 2023
City to send 2024 Real Property Notice of Assessments
By News Release @ 1:54 PM :: 1413 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes

... an approximate increase of 0.79 percent ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
The easiest way to increase tax revenues
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 1266 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the state had a huge surplus and many of our lawmakers were going hog-wild trying to spend it ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Population: Still Losing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1262 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Are we going to put more pressure on our taxpayer base to dig into their pockets ever more deeply? ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Up in Smoke? AG's Plan to turn Illegal Drug Dealers into Legal Tax-Paying Entrepreneurs
By Rep Gene Ward @ 10:58 PM :: 1142 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes, Drugs

... In nearly every location where recreational marijuana is legal, criminal syndicates, far more than the state government, are cashing in on the "green gold rush" ....

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Monday, November 27, 2023
How High Are State and Local Tax Collections in Your State?
By Tax Foundation @ 2:50 PM :: 1092 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii is 6th at $7,746 per capita ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Wholesaling:  What You Don’t Know
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1279 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

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

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Caldwell's COVID Slush Fund: 'Follow the Money'
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:36 PM :: 1429 Views :: Ethics, Taxes, Tourism, COVID-19

... you have to follow the money, especially when there’s a huge surge of funds given to the government to dole out ....

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Sunday, November 19, 2023
Tax relief for properties that house Lahaina residents
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:21 PM :: 1276 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 95 would exempt from the Maui County property tax all residential real property in Lahaina and other residential real property that was damaged or destroyed by the fires ....

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Saturday, November 11, 2023
Adjusting AMI for Kauai’s affordable rental program could backfire
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:23 AM :: 1474 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... a sweeping reform of Kauai’s property tax system ....

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Sunday, November 5, 2023
Crossing the Rubicon Again
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1451 Views :: Ethics, Development, Taxes

... Green suspended the General Excise Tax as it related to vendors involved in the design, construction, sale, lease, or financing of housing projects designed to provide rapid relief to the homeless ....

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Thursday, November 2, 2023
Maui Fires: Three bills offer property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:56 AM :: 1519 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Bill 102 best of three bills but should be retroactive ....

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Wednesday, October 25, 2023
Hawaii Among Worst: 2024 State Business Tax Climate Index
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 1594 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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Sunday, October 22, 2023
Hawaii the Sinkhole State
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2217 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... fat, dumb, and happy ....

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Thursday, October 19, 2023
Property Tax Relief for Maui Fire Victims
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:08 AM :: 1672 Views :: Maui County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Maui County Council Bills 95 and 102 ....

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Saturday, October 7, 2023
Allow owner-occupants of Residential A homes to apply for missed property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:30 AM :: 1492 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Resolution 23-243, which would give property tax relief to owner-occupants who failed to file for a homeowner exemption in 2022 and whose homes were taxed at the Residential A rate as a result ....

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Sunday, October 1, 2023
Make sure to claim additional property tax relief in Honolulu
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 AM :: 2207 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

... Honolulu homeowners have until Oct. 2 to file for increased property tax exemptions that Grassroot Institute helped become law ....

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Thursday, September 21, 2023
Kauai homeowners could save $150 each from higher exemption
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:11 PM :: 1642 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Bill 2901, Draft 1, which would increase the homeowner exemption by $60,000 and repeal miscellaneous property tax exemptions ....

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Friday, September 15, 2023
​Grassroot Institute in the News
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1343 Views :: Taxes

... testimony before County Council ....

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Wednesday, September 13, 2023
Fixing Hawaii’s Tax System; Decrease Taxes for Families, Businesses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 PM :: 1595 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s income tax rates are among the highest in the country, and its business climate is consistently ranked poorly. Meanwhile, residents continue to flee the state for less expensive mainland locales ....

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Sunday, September 10, 2023
Taxing Government Benefits
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1588 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Legitimate questions now need to be asked about whether the government is going to want to take back some of that Lahaina money in taxes .... 

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Kauai bills seek to expand property tax relief for affordable rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:44 PM :: 1742 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a new tax classification specifically for long-term “gap” rentals ....

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Tuesday, September 5, 2023
Economic growth is our only way out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:17 PM :: 1742 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Taxes

... we cannot afford to further burden our economy with our usual high-tax and high-spending habits ....

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Sunday, September 3, 2023
Tax Deadlines on Maui
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1583 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... On August 18, 2023, the Internal Revenue Service announced “expansive tax relief” for Hawaii wildfire victims ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1652 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a family of four earning Hawaii’s median income of $88,005 a year would have a state income tax bill of $5,086. At that income level, only Oregon families face a higher tax burden ....

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Saturday, August 19, 2023
Let's stay focused on helping Lahaina fire victims--Eventually the Facts Will Come Out
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:06 PM :: 1821 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Taxes
  • waiving property taxes for the affected property owners
  • clearing the way for out-of-state medical professionals to attend to the needs of those affected by the tragedy
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Thursday, August 17, 2023
Bissen: Property Taxes Waived for Maui Fire Victims
By Selected News Articles @ 7:18 PM :: 1718 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

... Anyone who has paid their taxes will receive a refund ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Taking No Prisoners in California
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2195 Views :: Taxes

... The current DoTax administration has told practitioners that he is more open to settling cases to whittle down the backlog of tax appeals ....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
​Maui Leads Statewide Push for counties to increase their TAT surcharges
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:15 PM :: 2491 Views :: Maui County, Taxes, Tourism

... approving for inclusion in the 2024 Hawaii State Association of Counties legislative package a state bill relating to the county transient accommodations tax ....

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