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Let’s Not Tax Transportation

Some folks ask me if I have any radical ideas to change the tax system in Hawaii.  Here’s one:  Stop taxing transportation of goods and people. Before you stop laughing uproariously, though, consider this. First, we can’t tax air transportation.  There are federal laws prohibiting us from applying a gross receipts tax (like our General Excise Tax)...

What does it mean to live a healthy life? (Part 1)

Written by Fabian Patterson As a Certified Personal Trainer and Nutritionist one of the most frequently asked questions I get is “what does it mean to live a healthy life?” Over the years I’ve changed my approach from immediately giving my personal or professional answer to redirecting the question...

TANF: $281M Federal Money We Haven’t Spent

This week we focus on our safety net systems for people or families in need.  In the early 1990s, a major part of this net came from the federal Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) program, which matched state dollars of financial assistance for a needy family.  That program was replaced with what we have now, Temporary Assistance for Needy...

2019 Hawaii Holiday Event Schedule

oahu holiday events 2019
OAHU HOLIDAY EVENTS & PARADES 2019 Nov 27thThanksgiving to GoWednesdayThe Kahala Hotel & Resort, 5000 Kahala Ave Honolulu, HI Nov 27thRoyal Hawaiian Center Brings Holiday Cheer To WaikikiWed, 5:30 – 10:00 PMRoyal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalakaua Ave Nov 29thWaikiki Holiday ParadeFri, 7 – 9 PMKalakaua Ave Honolulu, HI

Wealth Is a Sin?

A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth. Sen. Warren’s wealth tax would...

Invasive Species Inspection Fee for Air-flown Commodities

Hawaii is an island state that is home to a unique set of flora and fauna.  It’s vulnerable to invasive species not only from foreign countries but also from the mainland United States, and our Department of Agriculture has traditionally worked hard to keep the bad stuff out.  Little fire ants?  Brown tree snakes?  We don’t want them, but we do...

An Expensive Charter Crisis on Maui

Maui has figured out a way to bleed cash from its budget very quickly.  It’s called a “Charter Crisis.”  It pits one part of government against another one.  Lawyers then are needed to represent one or both warring parties, and when those lawyers get paid, there’s a good chance that taxpayers will end up footing the bill. A...

The Idea of Left & Right Is a Propaganda Illusion

►Listen to the Podcast For getting on decades I have been pointing out that the idea of a political Left and a political Right is disingenuous. Additionally, this false narrative has been advanced by political opportunists whose goal is in the systematic manipulation of the electorate. And this fraud is perpetrated by the political class around the world.

The Parable of the Two Horses!

The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie at long last has made his son put down his smartphone. Son:  Dad, I’m a little old for bedtime stories. Doggie:  Hush and listen!  And don’t fall asleep on me, darn it! Two horses that were sent to different towns, Harburg and Tarburg.  The...

Let’s Talk High Crimes & Misdemeanors

►Listen to the Podcast* “he President must be held accountable for his betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security, and the betrayal of the integrity of our elections.”  – NancyPelosi, September 24, 2019 With all the “impeachment” talk captivating the news cycles on the usual suspect cable...