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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Businesses Cutting Hours, Bracing for Costs of Obamacare
By Heritage Foundation @ 1:11 PM :: 6896 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

...every day now brings another business owner in the news talking about cutting workers’ hours or making other cost-cutting moves in anticipation of Obamacare’s impact in 2013....

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Hawaii 2013: State, Federal Taxes to Top 50%
By Selected News Articles @ 12:33 PM :: 12499 Views :: Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics, Taxes

Taxes on wages, dividends, interest, and partnership/sole proprietor income would exceed 50 percent only in Hawaii, California, and New York City….

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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Fiscal Cliff: $480M from Hawaii Kupuna
By News Release @ 5:10 AM :: 5325 Views :: Taxes

The move being considered by Congress to raise the eligibility age from 65 to 67 would leave 26,893 seniors without health coverage (based on current beneficiary data), forcing them into the private insurance market, which is estimated to cost them an additional $2,200 per year*.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2012
House Republicans Cave on Tax Increases and Punt Entitlements
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:43 PM :: 4705 Views :: Republican Party, Taxes

When President Obama put forth his first offer on the fiscal cliff, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) said, “You can’t be serious.” We could say the same thing to the Speaker after his counteroffer yesterday.

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Monday, December 3, 2012
What IS the Fiscal Cliff?
By Heritage Foundation @ 12:25 PM :: 5232 Views :: National News, Taxes

Obama’s answer to the fiscal cliff is a proposed $1.6 trillion in tax hikes plus new stimulus spending—and expanded power for himself to raise the debt ceiling....

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Sunday, December 2, 2012
Health Care Cost to Rise with Federal Mandate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:24 AM :: 5277 Views :: Taxes

...some taxes are already scheduled to rise as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA)....

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012
"Some of these Governors are Schizophrenic:" Abercrombie Among Worst Cases
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 PM :: 9724 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Some of these governors are schizophrenic on taxes: They jack up overall business tax rates, then give breaks to favored businesses....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Audit Needed: Hawaii Consumers Pay $400M for Recycling
By News Release @ 3:27 PM :: 7358 Views :: Environment, Ethics, Taxes

“there is no half-cent currency! The small retailer will have to “eat” the half-cent on every single unit he sells. In this mandated business model, the more the retailer sells, the more money he loses.”

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
IRS Backs Off, Grants Tax Free Status to Maui TEA Party
By Selected News Articles @ 10:19 PM :: 11495 Views :: Maui County, First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

"...the IRS contacted us today regarding your 501(c)4 application and stated that they are withdrawing the additional questions that they sent to your organization...."

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Monday, February 27, 2012
Is the IRS Attempting to Intimidate Hawaii TEA Parties?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 11511 Views :: First Amendment, Taxes, TEA Party

In January and February of this year, the Internal Revenue Service began sending out letters to various local Tea Parties across the country. Mailed from the same Cincinnati, Ohio IRS office, these letters have reached Tea Parties in Virginia, Hawaii, Ohio, and Texas....

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Sunday, February 26, 2012
10-cents-per-bag Tax: Greens, Big Business, Big Government team up to Rip Off Consumers
By Andrew Walden @ 9:35 PM :: 7607 Views :: Environment, Taxes

The 2011 version of the 10-cent bag tax failed at the end of the legislative session when enviros stabbed business in the back by amending the bill to eliminate retailers’ portion of the fee-split....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2011
VIDEO Truth In Accounting Presentation at Hawaii Capitol
By News Release @ 12:08 AM :: 13311 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

Sheila Weinberg spoke in Hawaii Tuesday, Oct. 11 on "Government Accounting: The Seen and the Unseen -- What Needs to be Done?"

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Sunday, September 25, 2011
Kalapa: History of the Hawaii GE Tax
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 7:23 PM :: 10008 Views :: Hawaii History, Taxes

Initially set at a rate of 1.5%, it rose to a rate of 2% during the war years, and then just prior to statehood in 1959 to a retail rate of 3.5%. ...the retail rate was increased in 4% in 1965....

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Friday, September 23, 2011
Tom Berg calls for Massive GE Tax Increase
By Tom Berg @ 3:30 AM :: 8230 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...authorize the City and County of Honolulu to impose a general excise tax surcharge — much like the one already in effect to fund the rail project — for highway and bikeway construction....

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Friday, August 5, 2011
Fourth in Nation: Hawaii State Debt is $25,000 per taxpayer
By News Release @ 2:44 PM :: 10685 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

To put an end to budget shenanigans the Institute has developed a budgeting system called “Full Accrual Calculations and Techniques”. FACT based budgeting would require governors and legislatures to recognize expenses when incurred regardless of when they are paid. This improved method of accounting is discussed in detail in this report.

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Thursday, July 21, 2011
Heritage: The Fight We're In
By Heritage Foundation @ 10:38 AM :: 5705 Views :: Taxes

On one side are those who have come to realize it would be madness to let the political class borrow more without imposing a serious check on government spending. They have produced budgets and now an actual legislative plan to get things under control.

On the other, you find those who consider more spending, taxing, and borrowing a royal prerogative. They have produced nothing but rhetoric and empty promises and have pushed this debate to the brink.

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Sunday, June 5, 2011
$134 Million Mystery: DoTax suddenly admits “unusual reporting, systemic problems, inconsistencies”
By Andrew Walden @ 1:22 AM :: 10287 Views :: Taxes, Tourism

The Hawaii Department of Taxation is seeking an outside auditing firm to look at "systemic problems" with DoTax tax revenue reports.... 

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Sunday, May 22, 2011
DoTax still has no explanation for sudden discovery of $134M
By Andrew Walden @ 6:42 PM :: 9012 Views :: Taxes

After using an alleged “crisis” and so-called “budget shortfalls” to push tax increases through the Legislature, it certainly seemed like fortuitous timing when Neil Abercrombie’s Department of Taxation found a $134M jump in tax revenues shortly after the Legislature adjourned....

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Sunday, April 17, 2011
How They Voted: House approves Pension Tax and GE Tax Hikes
By Andrew Walden @ 9:19 PM :: 7237 Views :: Taxes

In the Hawaii State House, Tax Day was April 12.  On that day, legislators voted up several key tax increases approved earlier by the Senate and forwarded them to the House-Senate Conference Committees which will be meeting behind closed doors for the next two weeks. 

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Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Audit fuels “clinically psychotic” HGEA effort to strangle tax collection
By Andrew Walden @ 8:17 PM :: 15227 Views :: Health Care, Labor, Taxes

The inevitable failure of DOTax to replicate CGI’s tax collection frenzy should cut revenues by about $27M per year. How many government union jobs will be lost or furloughed due to the bumbling HGEA leaders’ choice of targets?

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Monday, December 13, 2010
Hirono panics: After rejecting Obama, she now tries to straddle Tax Bill
By News Release @ 3:54 PM :: 9859 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Taxes, Obama

Apparently Hirono is catching hell from her Obamabot base.  So she sent this email out today.... 

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010
FULL TEXT: Hawaii Pork Report finds $300M in waste, abuse, and mismanagement
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 9508 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes

While Hawaii’s school children are subjected to Furlough Fridays and the state faces a record shortfall, the 2010 Hawaii Pork Report reveals that bureaucrats continue to spend taxpayer dollars in questionable ways. Co-authored by Hideo Hikida, Frances Nuar, and Jamie Story, the second annual report reveals more than $300 million in waste, abuse, and mismanagement of taxpayer dollars.

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Friday, November 6, 2009
Furloughs: Advertiser sides with “sustainability” billionaires against “Save our Sports”
By Andrew Walden @ 8:06 PM :: 19354 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Higher Education, Taxes

According to an October 26 editorial piece thinly disguised as a news analysis, Save Our Sports’ success in raising $1.2 million for Hawaii’s 55 public high school athletic programs indicates a “shift toward an ‘American Idol’-style system of public funding that rewards popularity over merit.”

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Friday, September 11, 2009
UPDATE -- SIX RALLIES Sept 12 -- Taxed Enough Already? TEA Party Rallies Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Lihue, Lahaina, and Kahului
By Andrew Walden @ 7:17 PM :: 13530 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

Hawaii TEA Party invites everyone to local rallies in solidarity with the National TEA Party March on Washington September 12.  This is our opportunity to speak up against State and Federal Tax increases, the government takeover of health care and the cap and trade carbon tax.    

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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Protesters rally against tax increases
By Andrew Walden @ 10:53 PM :: 9926 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

The State legislature was the scene of an anti-tax rally the afternoon of July 14.  Organized by www.OverTaxedHawaii.com 150 people came to denounce the "Barrel Tax" and demand the Democrat-controlled Legislature not override any tax vetoes.

A parallel event occurred along the Hilo Bayfront where 50 protesters gathered. 

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Monday, July 13, 2009
No more taxes: Rally July 14 Honolulu, Hilo
By Jonah Ka`auwai @ 2:13 AM :: 10575 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party
  • HONOLULU July 14th 3:00PM Signwaving 3:00PM & RALLY 5:00PM -- "Just say no to Taxes" Rally @ State Capitol
  • HILO July 14th 4PM-6PM Signwaving along Hilo Bayfront at Kamehameha Statue 
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
Protesters gather at July 4 T.E.A. Parties across Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 9:14 AM :: 15738 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

 

Next protest July 14: Honolulu info>>>www.OvertaxedHawaii.com  and July 14 Hilo 4PM - 6PM Hilo Bayfront signwave 

Advertiser: 7 Hawaii 'tea parties' take aim at spending, increasing tax burden

WHT Kona: Protesters celebrate Fourth with TEA party

check back for updates...

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Friday, July 3, 2009
Taxed Enough Already? Rally July 4 Honolulu, Hilo, Kona, Kauai, Maui
By Andrew Walden @ 11:53 PM :: 12184 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

All the details and contact info for TEA Party July 4 rallies on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Islands.

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Sunday, April 19, 2009
Action Alert: Tax Increases face April 21 deadline
By Paul E Smith @ 4:36 PM :: 6804 Views :: Taxes

If these bills are approved by April 21; the Legislature has a chance to override any veto before their scheduled adjournment on May 7:

  • HB1747, HD1, SD1 INCOME TAX RATES
  • SB1111, SD1,HD1  TRANSIENT ACCOMMODATIONS TAX RATE
  • HB895 & HB1175  TAX ON TOBACCOPRODUCTS & CIGARETTES
  • HB1741, HD1 SD1  PROPERTY CONVEYANCE TAX
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Thursday, April 16, 2009
Hawaii Tea Party Updates: 100s at Capitol, 250 at Kahului, 300 on Big Island
By Andrew Walden @ 9:00 AM :: 16764 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Photos from Hilo and Kona Tea Parties
By Andrew Walden @ 8:54 PM :: 14216 Views :: Taxes, TEA Party

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Monday, August 7, 2006
Death Tax Mahele: Sens. Akaka and Inouye Vote to Take Tutu's House
By Andrew Walden @ 3:25 AM :: 6779 Views :: Land Use, Taxes

...condemn thousands of Native Hawaiian families to turn over 30 percent to 50 percent their property to the United States federal government when the inevitable occurs....

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