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Saturday, July 20, 2024
Why an Annual GET Return?
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 143 Views :: Small Business, Taxes
Why an Annual GET Return? by Tom Yamachika, President, Tax Foundation Hawaii For those of you who pay GET, here’s a quick quiz.  Let&...
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Sunday, July 14, 2024
Honolulu Council acts to repeal outdated city transit ordinances
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 376 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business

... Grassroot says the two laws are no longer relevant, and they hope the Council will continue to target outdated laws ....

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Saturday, July 13, 2024
BLNR Destroys Kayak Business-Denies Hearing
By News Release @ 4:09 AM :: 499 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... Jensen and Ohana Kayak Rentals are responsible for a $35,000 fine in addition to the prohibition of permits for 24 months ....

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
Proposed Hawaii County STR rules fraught with potential economic, legal pitfalls
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:34 PM :: 712 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... the effect this measure might have on existing STR operators, small businesses and the broader Hawaii Island economy ....

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
​New law creates opportunities for Hawaii food entrepreneurs
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:28 PM :: 497 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... The governor signs a Grassroot-backed bill that lets home cooks sell their products online, by mail and through third parties ....

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Sunday, July 7, 2024
Hawaii County proposal -- good direction for Oahu beekeeping
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:18 PM :: 466 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii Island lawmakers consider more liberal beekeeping rules while Honolulu County lawmakers ponder making them tougher ....

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Saturday, July 6, 2024
Dillingham Airfield Saved by 50-Year Lease
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 519 Views :: Honolulu County, Small Business, Tourism

... The new lease will go into effect July 6, 2024, at which time airfield operations will continue normal operations, including uninterrupted water service to the tenants ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Supreme Court overrules landmark 'Chevron' precedent on government authority
By Court House News @ 3:39 AM :: 700 Views :: Environment, Health Care, Labor, Land Use, Law Enforcement, Small Business

... For 40 years, the Chevron precedent has been the backbone of administrative law, limiting judicial decision-making in favor of agency 'expertise' ....

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Sunday, June 30, 2024
Freedom in Hawaii is having a moment
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 AM :: 673 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... This year our freedoms were expanded with the passage by our state lawmakers of important legislation. Those expansions covered taxes, housing and healthcare ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui TVR phase-out wrong means for good goal
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:45 PM :: 610 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... virtually all local economists realize the main cause of Hawaii’s housing crisis is the state’s extremely high number of land-use and other housing-related regulations that have hindered homebuilding ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Maui Short-Term Rentals, the Minatoya List, and Housing Supply
By UHERO @ 6:37 PM :: 822 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

... we would expect to see significant–possibly double digit–declines in condominium prices on Maui ....

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Tuesday, June 25, 2024
New Coffee Labeling Rules Take Effect July 1
By News Release @ 3:06 PM :: 636 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... will apply to all coffee product inventory sold to the public or displayed at retail stores in Hawai‘i ....

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Sunday, June 23, 2024
Hawaii County moves toward greater freedom for beekeepers
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:14 PM :: 555 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... The Leeward Planning Commission voted favorably on a bill that would make it easier for beekeepers to expand their businesses ....

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Monday, June 17, 2024
Hawaii Beer Taxes 4th-Highest in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 3:45 PM :: 598 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

... Hawaii taxes beer at $0.93 per gallon ....

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Friday, June 14, 2024
$11.3B Loss: Elimination of TVRs Would Drive Hawaii into Economic Depression
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 1978 Views :: Maui County, Economy, Small Business, Tourism

... Study shows short-term rentals generated $2.2 billion in economic activity for Maui and $11.3 billion across Hawaii in 2023 ....

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Sunday, June 9, 2024
Some History Behind the Newly Enacted Healthcare GET Exemption
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 641 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... House Finance was persuaded to resurrect SB 1035.  It then went to Conference Committee, and it came up with a version that both houses then passed ....

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Saturday, June 8, 2024
Charter Amendment another obstacle to Maui mayor's TVR phase-out plan
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:32 PM :: 645 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... four of the districts have no representation, which could raise questions about fairness over any recommendations the planning body might make ....

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Sunday, June 2, 2024
Dealing with the Insurance Crisis
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1141 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... premiums are rising at astronomical rates ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Hawaii County Property Tax Cuts for Homeowners and 'Affordable Rentals'
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:51 PM :: 1026 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

... The County Council actually improved on a tax cut proposed by Mayor Roth, but neither version gives a break to industrial or commercial properties ....

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Friday, May 31, 2024
Tourism-related property tax hike a threat to Kauai economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:46 PM :: 1014 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... a $3.49 million tax increase on hotels and resorts and a $4.15 million increase on vacation rentals ....

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Sunday, May 26, 2024
Targeting scapegoats affects us all
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:21 AM :: 764 Views :: Kauai County, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... One of the most persistent myths in Hawaii politics is that you can target a single group with a tax hike and not affect anyone else ....

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Tuesday, May 14, 2024
SB930 Signed into Law: New Rental Application Fee Rules
By News Release @ 4:45 AM :: 750 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

... the law prohibits a landlord from charging an applicant for a residential dwelling unit, a tenant screening fee that is more than the actual cost to obtain information ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2298 Coffee Labeling Bill Pushes Back on Blenders
By News Release @ 4:00 AM :: 1441 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... any coffee labeled or advertised with a Hawaiʻi geographic origin must consist of at least fifty-one percent coffee by weight from that geographic region ....

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Thursday, May 2, 2024
HB2144: Allow Production and Sale of 'Homemade Food Products'
By News Release @ 3:54 AM :: 1181 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business

... By broadening the types of shelf-stable food that can be sold and where producers can sell them, the bill ensures that local entrepreneurs have the chance to thrive while maintaining high standards of food safety ....

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Saturday, April 27, 2024
Kayak Rental Co fined $35K for Blue Law Violations
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 1416 Views :: Small Business, Tourism

... We all know Sundays are holy days set aside for the worship of the Goddess Gaia ....

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Friday, April 26, 2024
Bill allowing counties more authority over short-term rentals on Green's desk
By Selected News Articles @ 1:07 PM :: 1357 Views :: Development, Small Business, Tourism

... A conference committee agreed to pass Senate Bill 2919, which would allow counties to create zoning laws regulating short-term rentals .... 

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Hawaii's Best Cities to Start a Business
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1108 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... Hilo is #1 ....

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Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Small Business Economic Trends: How does Hawaii Compare?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:48 AM :: 922 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business

... the gold standard measurement of the Main Street economy ....

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Sunday, April 21, 2024
And Now the Big Guns Come Out
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1853 Views :: Ethics, Small Business, Taxes

... I became convinced that the proceedings, or at least this part of them, were prearranged ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Insurance ‘stabilization’ bill would spread pain to everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:57 PM :: 1374 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

“...if you look through the bill, it’s a bunch of blank spaces. It says conveyance taxes will increase by blank percent. Or short-term rental taxes are gonna have a blank percent tax on them....”

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Friday, April 19, 2024
Hawaii County beekeepers hope Bill 144 will open up new vistas
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:43 PM :: 1164 Views :: Hawaii County , Agriculture, Small Business

... Hawaii County treats beehives like piggeries ....

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Friday, April 19, 2024
PLA? State keeps piling on rules that increase Hawaii’s cost of living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:20 PM :: 1470 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s $1.5 million PLA threshold is now the lowest in the nation ....

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Saturday, April 13, 2024
A tax proposal I actually like
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:33 PM :: 1510 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... the state’s estate or “death” tax can force their heirs of local businesses to sell off the assets of their companies ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Legislators “stripped out pretty much everything that made it work.”
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:58 PM :: 1537 Views :: Development, Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... highlights, frustrations at 2024 Legislature ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
‘Surprise’ state tax last straw for veteran Hawaii bar owner?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:42 PM :: 1375 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, COVID-19

... Comerford said his 45 years of living in Hawaii and 25 years of being a business owner are likely to end due to a recent state decision to collect taxes on federal Restaurant Revitalization Funds received during the COVID-19 lockdowns ....

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Thursday, April 11, 2024
Study STR economic impact before banning them
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:34 PM :: 2112 Views :: Hawaii County , Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism

“...30% respondents reported that if there was not a home and vacation rental option during their recent stay in Hawaii, they would not have made the trip....”

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
SB2553: Hawaii 'opt out' retirement scam
By Selected News Articles @ 5:31 PM :: 3537 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Small Business

...a scam designed to shunt the least attentive investors -- those who do not 'opt out' -- into low return, high fee accounts run by whichever financial institution makes the most campaign contributions....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2024
Rich States, Poor States: Hawaii Ranks 41st--Will Legislature Send Tax Cuts to Governor?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 PM :: 2148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Taxes

... Gov. Josh Green addressed the tax and migration issues in his policy brief issued last month. One of his solutions is indexing the state's income tax for inflation, he said ....

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Monday, April 8, 2024
Lahaina: 43.8% of businesses “critical, on life support"
By News Release @ 9:53 PM :: 1320 Views :: Maui County, Small Business

...43.8% of businesses described themselves as “critical, on life support,” with only 3.1% reporting “doing great, feeling great.”....

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Sunday, April 7, 2024
The Passthrough Entity Problem
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1328 Views :: Small Business, Taxes

... This is an issue here in Hawaii because our individual income tax rates can go up to 11%, second highest in the nation ....

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Thursday, April 4, 2024
DLNR Now Charging $1 to Use Ocean
By News Release @ 4:38 AM :: 1632 Views :: Environment, Small Business, Taxes, Tourism

... more than 500 companies with commercial use permits from the DLNR Division of Boating and Ocean Recreation (DOBOR), began collecting one dollar from each passenger or customer ....

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Sunday, March 31, 2024
GET on Health Care, Revisited
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1599 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... HB 1675: GET exemption for medical services paid for by Medicare, Medicaid, and TRICARE ....

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Tuesday, March 26, 2024
Bill 121: TVRs to be Banned?
By Video @ 12:00 PM :: 2063 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Once Hawaii County forces families to apply for permits, the next step will be an effort to ban our industry entirely ....

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Friday, March 22, 2024
Victory! Honolulu Agrees to Suspend Enforcement of Unconstitutional Ordinance, Saving Local Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 11:50 PM :: 3143 Views :: Honolulu County, First Amendment, Small Business, Tourism

... City suspends enforcement of a city ordinance that’s driving several restaurants in Waikiki out of business ....

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Sunday, March 17, 2024
Green's PLA directive will make Government Contracting Even More Expensive
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:05 PM :: 1776 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Labor, Small Business

... Hawaii taxpayers are going to be paying more for state government projects under a directive issued in February by Gov. Josh Green ....

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Wednesday, March 13, 2024
Hawaii bill that would increase automobile insurance draws ire
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 1906 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

... The Senate passed the bill 23-2, with Republican Sens. Brenton Awa and Kurt Fevella casting the lone "no" votes ....

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Thursday, March 7, 2024
HB1675: No GE Tax on Medical Services
By Video @ 3:40 AM :: 1714 Views :: Health Care, Small Business, Taxes

... supporting HB 1675 as the first step in getting rid of GET for medical services ....

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Monday, March 4, 2024
Short-term Rental Crackdown: State, County Bills Threaten Residents
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:58 PM :: 1728 Views :: Maui County, Small Business, Tourism

... to phase out short-term rentals and impose higher taxes on them ....

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Saturday, March 2, 2024
Short-term rental owners stand firm for their rights
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:35 PM :: 2195 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Tourism

... Short-term rental owners in Hawaii could hardly find a better spokesperson for their cause ....

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Unlicensed Midwives Sue State
By News Release @ 2:13 PM :: 1623 Views :: Health Care, Small Business

... there were no professional licenses in Hawaii before Captain Cook arrived, therefore unlicensed midwifery is 'indigenous' ....

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