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Sunday, May 28, 2023
GET on Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2202 Views :: Health Care, Military, Taxes, Cost of Living

... One of the bills in this past legislative session that fell to the cutting room floor when it probably shouldn’t have was Senate Bill 1035, which would have exempted medical services provided by health care providers if the services were paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE ....

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Sunday, May 21, 2023
A short list for the governor
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:32 AM :: 2084 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... use his line-item veto power to trim back this massive spending overreach, including the $200 million “slush fund” ...

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Wednesday, May 17, 2023
'Empty homes' tax unlikely to ease housing crisis, new report concludes
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:04 PM :: 1853 Views :: Taxes

... no meaningful correlation between so-called empty homes and housing or rental prices ....

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Tuesday, May 16, 2023
‘Defense wins championships’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:03 AM :: 1991 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... Since bad bills tend to outnumber good ones, that means we played a lot of defense ....

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Sunday, May 14, 2023
Ding Dong, the Green Fee is Dead
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2174 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... The bill containing the fee proposal, Senate Bill 304, did not survive the conference committee process. ...

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Saturday, May 13, 2023
Biggest Budget Increase Ever: The good, bad and ‘mostly ugly’ at 2023 Legislature
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:41 PM :: 2012 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... “The budget is increasing by 30% this year,” Kent said, far exceeding last year’s record increase of 17% and breaking the state’s constitutionally mandated spending limit as well, which can be bypassed by a two-thirds vote .... 

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Friday, May 12, 2023
Counties should prioritize lowering property taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:50 PM :: 1821 Views :: Taxes

... higher property taxes could make homeownership unaffordable for some residents; landlords might have no choice but to increase what they charge their tenants; and businesses might have to raise prices ....

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Wednesday, May 10, 2023
Projected state surplus vanishes in face of planned higher spending
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:29 PM :: 2086 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Legislature's proposed spending plan for fiscal 2024 could result in a state budget deficit of $45 million by fiscal 2028, if OK'd by the governor ....

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Thursday, May 4, 2023
Ways to counter property tax increases in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 2120 Views :: Taxes

... county lawmakers have it in their power to prevent or at least mitigate property tax increases ....

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Wednesday, May 3, 2023
Hawaii gets low marks in business tax ranking
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 2131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... the Tax Foundation’s 2023 State Business Tax Climate Index ....

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Tuesday, May 2, 2023
Some Winners and Losers in the 2023 Session
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 PM :: 2184 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... The Tax Relief Shell Game Ends, and Broad-Based Relief Didn’t Make It ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
An amazing day at the Capitol
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:04 PM :: 2792 Views :: Development, Small Business, Taxes

... it finally became clear which big-ticket items were going to make it to the governor’s desk for signing — or hit the cutting room floor ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Grassroot Institute Week in Review
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:40 PM :: 2250 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes

... Grassroot Institute in the news ....

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Sunday, April 30, 2023
Property tax simplicity gains traction on Kauai
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:21 PM :: 2085 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Making Hawaii’s county property tax systems more simple is the best way Hawaii’s counties can provide tax relief ....

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Monday, April 24, 2023
How Much Hawaii Taxes Its Residents Compared to Other States
By Selected News Articles @ 5:54 PM :: 2590 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... The overall tax burden in Hawaii, which is a measure of taxes paid as a share of annual income, was 9.2% of the state's income per capita of $60,947, second only to Vermont ....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Governor’s ‘remarkable’ tax bills still mostly alive
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:33 PM :: 2109 Views :: Taxes

... Not all of Gov. Josh Green’s proposed tax cuts survived lawmakers’ scrutiny this session, but enough are still alive to be optimistic....

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
Proposed ‘green fee’ could end aloha as we know it
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:23 PM :: 2553 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... If Hawaii’s politicians aren’t careful, they might kill the goose that lays the golden egg .... 

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Thursday, April 20, 2023
How counties can provide property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:59 AM :: 2207 Views :: Taxes

... a policy toolkit for county lawmakers seeking to offset spiking property assessments ....

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Friday, April 14, 2023
Rich States, Poor States -- Hawaii ranks 45th
By News Release @ 7:36 PM :: 2395 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Each of these factors is influenced directly by state lawmakers through the legislative process ....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2023
Three scenarios for Kauai property tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:55 PM :: 2134 Views :: Kauai County, Taxes

... Resolution No. 2023-33 will establish the real property tax rates for fiscal 2024 ....

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Monday, April 10, 2023
Tax Hikes: Where Hawai'i Fits in National Trends
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:42 PM :: 2115 Views :: Taxes

... Wealth tax, proposed simultaneously in seven states including Hawaii ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
​This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 2240 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... Testimonies submitted to the state Legislature, Honolulu Council, and Maui Council by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii during the past week ....

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Sunday, April 9, 2023
Hope for Tax Relief Still Alive
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1899 Views :: Taxes

... only one Senate committee, Ways & Means, will be entrusted with the fate of all three bills ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Counties must prioritize property tax relief
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:08 PM :: 1568 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... No one likes the idea of our county governments profiting from Hawaii’s high cost of living.  But that’s what is going to happen soon unless we engineer some property tax relief ....

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Saturday, April 8, 2023
Is there relief for rising property taxes on Oahu?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:53 AM :: 2478 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina said Hawaii home prices are sky-high because of the scarcity of housing caused by “all the regulation … that developers and individual home builders have to go through in order to renovate or in order to build.” ....

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Thursday, April 6, 2023
Coming Soon: 'Six ways to get around the visitor fee in Hawaii'
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 AM :: 2235 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

"...what you’re really doing is just shifting the visitor impact around, and you’re creating new issues of congestion and use....”

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
IRS Red Hill Relief: Will Not Tax Relocation Payments
By News Release @ 5:39 PM :: 1727 Views :: Military, Taxes

... The Internal Revenue Service issued guidance today on relief payments ....

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Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Hawaii's Throwback Rule -- The wrong tax, at the wrong rate, in the wrong state
By Tax Foundation @ 12:00 PM :: 1927 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... motivating these businesses—or at least certain aspects of their business—to locate elsewhere ....

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Tuesday, April 4, 2023
Pouring cold water on 'visitor impact fee'
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:21 PM :: 1781 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... impractical and legally dubious ....

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Friday, March 31, 2023
Memo to reluctant legislators: Hawaii can afford to cut taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:48 PM :: 1942 Views :: Taxes

... we can’t afford not to cut taxes because really, what we’re sitting on right now, are unhealthy ending balances ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
How counties can provide tax relief
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:31 PM :: 1772 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes

... County lawmakers haven’t decided yet how to deal with property tax hikes that are expected to result from higher property assessments across the state ....

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Thursday, March 30, 2023
Hawaii taxpayers shell out more than $5,500 in state and local taxes
By Selected News Articles @ 12:01 PM :: 1810 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii’s state debt is also among the top five in the nation at $7,992 per capita and $11,879 when local debt is factored in as well ....

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Tuesday, March 28, 2023
Hawaii 2nd-Highest Tax Burden in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:50 PM :: 1989 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... only New York is worse ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Three reasons why Hawaii's healthcare is in trouble
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 AM :: 1920 Views :: Health Care, Taxes

... three reasons: the state general excise tax, Hawaii's occupational licensure laws and the state's medical certificate-of-need laws ....

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Monday, March 27, 2023
Council on State Taxation: Looking Out for Business
By Tom Yamachika @ 12:01 AM :: 1794 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the Committee on State Taxation focuses on the impact of state taxes on businesses across the country ....

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Saturday, March 25, 2023
This Week’s Testimony from Grassroot Institute
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:44 PM :: 1938 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii State Legislature is off and running again after a brief pause during which the House and Senate exchanged the bills they each had approved ....

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Thursday, March 23, 2023
Hawaii Tax Burden 14.1% of Income -- 3rd-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:26 PM :: 1839 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... Hawaii State & Local Tax Burden as a Share of State Income -- 14.1% -- 3rd highest in USA -- $8,410 per capita ....

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Tuesday, March 21, 2023
Hawaii 2nd-Worst Taxpayer ROI
By Selected News Articles @ 9:06 PM :: 1850 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

... 73% of people think the government doesn’t spend their tax dollars wisely ....

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Monday, March 20, 2023
More Guilty Pleas in Sovereignty-Related Tax Fraud Scheme
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 2548 Views :: Law Enforcement, Taxes

... The Chocks were plaintiffs alongside Rose Dradi, a Keanu Sai-Dexter Kiama collaborator, in a now-dismissed Sept 7, 2018, lawsuit claiming the IRS had no legal authority to collect taxes from them ....

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Sunday, March 19, 2023
Picking Apart the Case for Conveyance Tax Hikes
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1754 Views :: Taxes

... Senate Bill 362 proposes to double the tax on residential property, selling for at least $2 million ....

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Saturday, March 18, 2023
The honeymoon is over; what about our tax cuts?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:25 PM :: 1943 Views :: Taxes

... Wednesday was Gov. Josh Green’s 100th day in office, and I think it’s safe to say his honeymoon period with voters and the Legislature has come to an end ....

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Wednesday, March 15, 2023
House passes state budget for third reading
By News Release @ 10:19 PM :: 1847 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes

... update on the state budget and the Majority Caucus' legislative priorities ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
California’s Surplus to Deficit
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1860 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... the revenue that did materialize was spent in a flash ....

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Sunday, March 12, 2023
Good news, bad news at Legislature’s halfway mark
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1856 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... The Hawaii Legislature is halfway through its 2023 session ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
Time running out at Legislature for bills hoping to make it to the governor's desk
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:20 PM :: 1622 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Taxes

... 'Crossover' is March 9, but any bill not out of committee by today likely will be dead ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
Link home exemption to increase in home values
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:05 PM :: 1749 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Bill 40’s proposal would increase the home exemption by a mere 10% and the exemption for older individuals by just 7% ....

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Monday, March 6, 2023
‘Visitor impact’ fee inherently flawed
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:32 AM :: 2097 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... your cousins will have to pay hundreds of dollars to go to the family barbecue at Ala Moana Beach Park ....

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Sunday, March 5, 2023
A Deep Dive into the Governor’s Tax-Cut Proposal
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:56 PM :: 1581 Views :: Taxes

... tax proposals introduced at the Legislature, the outlook for the state budget, and where Hawaii is at in paying off its debt and unfunded liabilities ....

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Sunday, March 5, 2023
Love-Hate Relationship with Tourism 
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2030 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

... We have been taxing the bejeebers out of tourists ....

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Saturday, March 4, 2023
​‘Wealth Tax’ has a wealth of problems
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:31 PM :: 2128 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... Difficulty in administering a “wealth tax” is the primary reason there are only three European countries with wealth taxes today, down from 12 in 1990 ....

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