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Sunday, October 12, 2014
What Will It Take to Grow Hawaii's GDP?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5161 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 :: 5011 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 :: 8859 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 :: 5049 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 :: 3937 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 :: 4812 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 :: 4787 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 :: 4506 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 :: 6713 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 :: 4084 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 :: 5270 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 :: 3553 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 :: 5006 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 :: 5400 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 :: 5496 Views :: Politicians, Taxes
Hawaii Ad: "Every Moment"
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Sunday, September 28, 2014
The Second Most Unfair Tax System? Really?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 5148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...the study ranked Hawaii’s tax system 49th out of 50, in the order of fairness....

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Saturday, September 27, 2014
Property Tax Hike? You Have Until Sept 30 to Get Out of It
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 6835 Views :: Honolulu County, Tax Credits, Taxes

...September 30, 2014 deadline for three real property programs is approaching and urge those wishing to participate to submit the required documentation....

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Friday, September 26, 2014
Debate: Aiona Challenges Ige on Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 5:54 PM :: 7382 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

David Ige was one of the top-ranking legislators in charge of implementing the policies that have seen Hawai‘i burdened with bigger bills and higher taxes....

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Thursday, September 25, 2014
Ige Tried To Tax Everyone's Soda
By News Release @ 6:23 PM :: 5333 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

...In 2011, Senator Ige Cosponsored A Bill Which Established A Tax On Sweetened Beverages In Hawaii....

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014
Hawaii GE Tax Bites Into 99% of Personal Income
By Selected News Articles @ 5:34 PM :: 5302 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The Hawaii GE Tax base is far wider than the national median, where the sales tax base applies to 34.46 percent of personal income....

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Monday, September 22, 2014
TV Ad Claims Ige Stands For ‘Government Living Within its Means’ (LOL!)
By News Release @ 7:56 PM :: 7196 Views :: Politicians, Taxes, Cost of Living

A New Study Shows Hawaii Has The Second Worst Tax System Overall And The Third Most Overtaxed Middle Class....

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Sunday, September 21, 2014
Pocketbook Issues: Ige on Defense
By News Release @ 2:28 PM :: 7588 Views :: Politicians, Republican Party, Taxes, Cost of Living

"Which is precisely why the RGA ad, and others that may follow, might actually persuade voters to go Aiona’s way."

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Friday, September 19, 2014
INFOGRAPHIC: The Abercrombie-Ige Policy Agenda By The Numbers
By News Release @ 2:51 PM :: 3815 Views :: Taxes

...New Infographic Spells Out The Results Of The Last Four Years For Hawaii....

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Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Slom: State Set to go Bust Unless Major Changes Made in 2015
By News Release @ 5:21 PM :: 5572 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...if the State continues to spend at the current rate Hawaii will use up its general fund carryover balances as early as 2016....

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Abercrombie, Ige Together -- $833M Tax Hike
By News Release @ 1:09 PM :: 3312 Views :: Taxes

...Abercrombie And Senator David Ige Have Passed Over $833 Million Of Tax Increases Since 2011....

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Monday, September 15, 2014
Hawaii 2nd Most Unfair Tax System in USA
By News Release @ 2:00 PM :: 5730 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

The middle class is most overtaxed in Arkansas, New York and Hawaii....

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Sunday, September 14, 2014
Timing Isn't Everything, It's the Only Thing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3775 Views :: Taxes

...poor timing can lead to tremendously bad results in Hawaii's tax system....

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Saturday, September 13, 2014
Bag Bans are Bad Business
By NCPA @ 11:48 AM :: 6583 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

The government was forced to raise the tax after they noticed that bag use was increasing as consumers began absorbing the cost of the bags....

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Sunday, September 7, 2014
State-Provided Targeted Benefits: Help or Harm?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3574 Views :: Taxes

...State governments, including ours, are increasingly using targeted benefits, such as tax credits and exemptions, to attract companies....

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014
GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 5883 Views :: Rail, Taxes
By their own admission, HART executives underestimated the effect of litigation on construction costs and schedules. Will they now underestimate their ability to push through an unpopular tax hike?
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Hawaii deemed ‘sinkhole’ state by fiscal watchdog for pension debt
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:27 PM :: 5227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

A report by a fiscal watchdog deems Hawaii one of the worst “sinkhole” states for its growing debt burden to taxpayers....

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Monday, September 1, 2014
Ige Pushed $791M GE Tax Hike in Face of Protests
By Andrew Walden @ 11:25 PM :: 6204 Views :: Politicians, Taxes

Ige, Chun-Oakland, and Fukunaga were the three bitter-enders holding out for the full $791M in GE Tax hikes....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
At First, Takai Voted For the Pension Tax 'Every Time'
By Andrew Walden @ 11:21 PM :: 8232 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Taxes

Even weeks after angry kupuna and union members began crowding committee hearings to protest, Takai voted 'aye' for the pension tax bill HB1092 HD1....

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
Pension Tax: How Did Your Legislator Vote?
By Andrew Walden @ 5:40 PM :: 7673 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...find your state representative and determine how he or she voted every time the pension tax was up...

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Sunday, August 31, 2014
REIT – A New Kind of Tax Shelter?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4729 Views :: Taxes

What qualifies as real estate for REIT purposes is an issue that recently has been in the news....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Filing Close to Deadline? Get a Receipt!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4078 Views :: Taxes

Mr. and Mrs. Stocker waited until the day their taxes were due....

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Thursday, August 21, 2014
Hawaii Gets Mixed Reviews on Policies to Prevent and Fight Cancer
By News Release @ 2:43 PM :: 5487 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Taxes

Hawaii is making progress when it comes to passing policies to prevent and reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Hawaii Still a Debt "Sinkhole State"
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:35 PM :: 5224 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii remains among the worst 5 states for taxpayer burden of debt and continues to use overly optimistic accounting....

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Sunday, August 17, 2014
Flying High
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 5116 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

Airline passengers are considered an easy group to tax....

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Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Kauai: Hundreds Demand Explanation for Massive Property Tax Hikes
By News Release @ 3:02 AM :: 5441 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

“We’ve taken literally hundreds of inquiries over the past three weeks and have explained to each taxpayer in great detail why their taxes may have increased....”

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Sunday, August 10, 2014
Do We Really Want to Starve the Golden Goose?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 4511 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

...Department of Taxation employees were able to answer the phone only 59% of the time in 2013....

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Tuesday, August 5, 2014
2014 April GET Collections Still Down Compared to 2013
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 4:17 PM :: 6468 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

...2014 April General Excise Tax (GET) collections are still down compared to the same month last year, although slightly improved on March 2014....

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Sunday, August 3, 2014
Everywhere...and Perversely Fair
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3659 Views :: Taxes

...Our Hawaii Supreme Court said that it reaches "virtually every economic activity imaginable"....

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Friday, August 1, 2014
$72M Vanishes: New Council on Revenues Forecast Minus 1.8%
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 7640 Views :: Economy, Taxes

...The new fiscal year 2014 forecast is minus 1.8 percent, down from a negative 0.4 percent in May, a difference of about $72 million....

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Sunday, July 27, 2014
Inversion: Is it Fair to Vote with Your Feet?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3841 Views :: Taxes

...“inversion” occurs when a U.S. company merges with a foreign company and moves its headquarters to the foreign country....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Retiree Healthcare: Hawaii's $3.5B Magic Trick
By Selected News Articles @ 4:36 PM :: 7502 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes

...Can anything be in worse condition than unfunded government pensions? Unfortunately, yes – and it’s called OPEB....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
House Bill Could Free Hawaii Consumers from $20M Internet Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 4:55 PM :: 4535 Views :: Taxes

The Senate version, called the Internet Tax Freedom Forever Act, is awaiting consideration from the Senate Finance Committee....

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Monday, July 14, 2014
Hawaii's State Debt Now Represents 92% of the Average Taxpayer's Income
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:09 PM :: 4532 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Hawaii's mounting state debt now represents $41,300 per taxpayer, the second highest in the country....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Would You Be Shocked?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 6001 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii's power prices are among the highest in the nation as well. Not surprisingly, one of the big reasons for this is taxation....

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Friday, July 11, 2014
1935: Hawaii Imposes GE Tax
By Selected News Articles @ 6:28 PM :: 5380 Views :: Hawaii History, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

By the end of the 1930s, 22 states had implemented a sales tax....

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