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Sunday, June 11, 2017
Reaching Back into the Past
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 3473 Views :: Taxes

...retroactive tax legislation....

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Friday, June 9, 2017
TVRs: No Taxation Without Legalization!
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:48 AM :: 5378 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

...state lawmakers are eager to capture $26 million dollars in tax money every year from short-term vacation rentals....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
Beer Taxes: Hawaii 5th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 12:35 AM :: 5795 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

All fifty states and the District of Columbia impose some tax on beer above and beyond the general sales tax....

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Thursday, June 8, 2017
GE Tax Hike Cornerstone of McDermott Plan to Rescue Rail
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:32 AM :: 6278 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...McDermott calls for Special Session....

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Supreme Court to Hear Rail Skim Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 6975 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State of Hawaii on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 11:15 AM at the Supreme Court Courtroom....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
Death Tax? Yes Hawaii Has One
By Tax Foundation @ 3:17 AM :: 5823 Views :: Taxes

...Fourteen states and the District of Columbia impose an estate tax....

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Thursday, May 25, 2017
HB209: Tax credit to help poor really helps politicians
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:45 AM :: 6996 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...state lawmakers mostly would just be raising taxes on the rich and giving it to themselves....

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Sunday, May 21, 2017
GEMS: A Raid by Any Other Name…
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6618 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Taxes

GEMS, as a program, has been a miserable failure, resulting primarily in a large wad of cash that is just sitting in the bank. That’s why our legislature got the bright idea to “use” it to prop up another miserable failure – the “Cool the Schools” initiative....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
HB209: Sneaky Legislators Limit Usefulness of Earned Income Tax Credit
By Selected News Articles @ 6:49 PM :: 5295 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

...but they didn't limit the oppressiveness of the income tax hike that went with it....

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Friday, May 19, 2017
State, Counties Pass Tax Hikes off to Each Other
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:01 PM :: 3582 Views :: Taxes

...Hawaii, Maui, and Kauai counties are all considering raising the property tax....

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Thursday, May 18, 2017
Which Places Pay the Most in Property Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:12 PM :: 4409 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Property taxes are assessed as a percentage of home values, so it follows that higher property taxes are paid where housing prices are higher than average....

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Sunday, May 14, 2017
TrumpTax: Losing the State Tax Deduction
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3805 Views :: Taxes

On April 26, the Trump Administration released a document that contained a roadmap of sorts for an overhaul of the federal tax code....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 5011 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 8153 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
How High Are Cigarette Taxes in Your State?–Hawaii Ranks 5th
By Tax Foundation @ 12:50 PM :: 5332 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

For this week’s map, we look at state cigarette tax rates across the country....

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Monday, May 8, 2017
Legislature acted responsibly in denying rail funding
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 5669 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Today's Star-Adv Labels what many consider a sensible decision as an “Epic Fail” in screaming all-caps....

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Sunday, May 7, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 7689 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

...Shut up or we’ll make you pay for rail too....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
Rail: Senate Remains open to Negotiate with House
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 4620 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...the Senate remains open to negotiate an agreement with the House to ensure adequate financing to complete the project, yet minimize the impact on the most vulnerable citizens of the community....

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Friday, May 5, 2017
De-Railing the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 5304 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the lack of dissent allows tax-and-spend policies to move smoothly through the Hawaii Legislature...until....

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Thursday, May 4, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Individual Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 4284 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii ranks 31st at 21.5% of collections ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2017
Video: House, Senate Fail to Agree on Rail Tax Hike
By Video @ 9:13 PM :: 4885 Views :: Rail, Taxes
If the two chambers can’t agree by Thursday, the funding bill will die….
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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Tracking Tax Hike Bills: And Then There Were Two
By Andrew Walden @ 12:17 PM :: 20872 Views :: Taxes

TAT Tax Hike for Rail and HSTA and a Massive Income tax Hike on Small Business Owners....

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Sunday, April 30, 2017
Making Money at the County Level
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:01 AM :: 4557 Views :: Taxes

How does a county raise money?

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Saturday, April 29, 2017
Which Places Benefit Most From State and Local Tax Deductions?
By Tax Foundation @ 6:01 AM :: 5481 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

There are two factors contributing to this regional variation. The first is that higher-income taxpayers tend to take larger deductions....The second factor for county-by-county variation is that state and local tax regimes differ substantially....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 7851 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Sales Taxes?–Hawaii 7th
By Tax Foundation @ 4:54 PM :: 4580 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

On average, 23.3% of state and local tax revenues came from sales taxes in fiscal year 2014.  For Hawaii 37.6%....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
And the Winner is—Not Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:57 PM :: 5962 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The most recent version of Rich States, Poor States has been released, and once again, Hawaii ends up on the wrong end of that title....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Are local families fleeing Hawaii taxes?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:37 PM :: 6439 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the phenomenon of locals leaving Hawaii to live on the mainland has been increasing significantly in recent years....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
State not exempt from family budgeting principles
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:30 PM :: 4706 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Most families in Hawaii know that they shouldn’t spend more money than they have. But somehow, Hawaii legislators haven’t gotten the message....

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
Hawaii Business Tax Burden -- 7th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 3:59 PM :: 5501 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

The experts at Anderson Economic Group have considered 11 taxes that businesses pay in order to produce the most comprehensive business tax burden ranking to date....

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Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Maui Council to Consider 7.6% Property Tax Hike
By News Release @ 2:38 PM :: 5640 Views :: Maui County, Taxes

The hearing will start at 6 p.m. Wednesday April 26 in Council Chambers on the eighth floor of Kalana O Maui at 200 S. High St....

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Sunday, April 23, 2017
IRS: Hawaii Legislature Voted to Destroy Employee Retirement System
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 10343 Views :: Maui County, Health Care, Labor, Taxes

IRS Ruling: Act 1 Cash Payout to HGEA members would cost ERS its nonprofit status .... 

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Desperate to Influence Conference Committee, Caldwell Pretends to Take Responsibility for Massive GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 5746 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Caldwell introduces bill authorizing city to extend GET surcharge to pay for rail construction....

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Corporate Income Taxes?
By Tax Foundation @ 5:33 PM :: 4509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Corporate income taxes are one of the smallest sources of state and local tax revenue....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Rich States-Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 43rd
By News Release @ 10:13 PM :: 7337 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...after the Legislature finishes raising taxes, Hawaii will be back up to 50th....

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Hawaii: April 19 is Tax Freedom Day
By Selected News Articles @ 3:17 PM :: 4573 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Tax Freedom Day is the day when the state as a whole has earned enough money to pay its total tax bill for the year....

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Sunday, April 16, 2017
Tax Casualty? Maui County Carnival
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6634 Views :: Maui County, Jones Act, Taxes

The 2nd Annual Maui County Carnival, scheduled for April 6-9, 2017, has been cancelled. Skyrocketing state government fees have been blamed....

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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Study: House GOP Blueprint Would Put $5613 in Your Pocket, Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 4539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

There have been a raft of studies recently isolating the effect of certain elements of the House GOP tax reform “Blueprint” on various industries and even the 50 states....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 6150 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Thursday, April 13, 2017
To What Extent Does Your State Rely on Property Taxes?
By Selected News Articles @ 9:11 PM :: 4654 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

This is the first in a four-part map series in which we will examine the primary sources of state and local tax collections....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 6633 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Sunday, April 9, 2017
CreditAbles
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5208 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

Terms being bandied about include exemptions, deductions, and tax credits, and among tax credits there are the “CreditAbles” – refundable, nonrefundable, and assignable credits.....

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Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 5229 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...Total Tax Burden: 11.27% – #2 in USA....

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Sunday, April 2, 2017
Economic Nexus: Solving the Online Tax Dodge
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3990 Views :: Taxes

...SB 620 would redefine how our general excise tax laws define “doing business”....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
After $2B in Tax Credits, High Tech Scammers Pay Only $27M in Taxes
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 6537 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes

After burning $2B, the state received a pathetic $27.1 million in taxes from 150 companies tied to the High Technology Development Corporation....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Hawaii lawmakers barreling toward $1 billion spending increase
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:10 PM :: 5401 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

Hawaii lawmakers would like us to believe that they are cutting the state budget in the current legislative session, but it’s not true....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Taxpayer Return on Investment? Hawaii ranks 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 8:15 PM :: 4979 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...contrasting state and local tax collections with the quality of the services residents receive....

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Sunday, March 26, 2017
Yes, Toto, Tourists Also Pay Real Property Tax
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6547 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes

...this study appeared to be an outgrowth of a move by our teachers’ union....

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Sunday, March 19, 2017
A Constitutional Amendment for Education Wars, Part 2
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5303 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes

...two bills are moving through the legislature on this subject....

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Grassroot Institute Urges Caution in Light of New Revenue Projection
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:12 AM :: 4980 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Watchdog Group Says State Budget Must be Reevaluated....

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