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Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?

Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education (DOE).  The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the State’s General Fund of about $2 billion and is also able to pull from other funding sources such as federal funds. But did you know...

Falling for the Progressive Tactics on Kavanaugh

BY FRANK SALVATO Where the sideshow political circus that is the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings is concerned there are a few quotes and realities that we all should consider. If we are not careful, the mainstream media and the Progressive-Left will turn us all into useful idiots...and that moment is coming quickly. “But the most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success...

Say It’s a Tax!

The news recently mentioned a lawsuit that the City and County of Honolulu, now joined by the other three counties, has leveled against our state government regarding the HSTA-sponsored constitutional amendment.  The counties, obviously not overjoyed at the prospect of the State slapping a surcharge on their primary source of revenue, want the courts to void the ballot question....

UN Makes Buying ‘Made in the USA’ As Hard As It Can Get

BY FRANK SALVATO Did you know that before you even wake up in the morning you are subsiding profits to Chinese companies? It has to do with how our country levies shipping costs for products shipped from China. The fact is, shipping costs for products shipped by China into the United States are tantamount to nothing. Without ever buying a single...

Historic Homes in Honolulu County

One of the more unique property tax exemptions in the City & County of Honolulu is the exemption for “Historic Residential Real Property Dedicated for Preservation.”  Under the exemption ordinance, owners of historic homes can save thousands of dollars in real property taxes every year if they put up a certain plaque, allow viewing of the home, and meet...

Medium: The New Mouthpiece of the Hyper-Leftist

BY FRANK SALVATO Not too long ago, a new “media” platform emerged on the Internet. Medium promised to be something of an equalizer for new media writers. Someone who took the art of communication seriously (but lacked the indoctrination certificate of the ideologically-bent journalism schools) would have the chance, if diligent, to make a reasonable amount of profit for their...

Seventeen Years After ‘The Falling Man’

BY FRANK SALVATO We are seventeen years on from the most significant event of our lifetimes: the Islamofascist terror attacks of September 11, 2001. For those who were aware on that day, the events were life-altering, changing the world forever, yet it seems as though we, as a society, have forgotten both the threat and the identity we all were...

Taking Exemptions Without Really Knowing

These days, our General Excise Tax (GET) contains exemptions and reduced rates that are supposed to reflect commercial reality but often contain leaps of faith. One common example is the wholesale rate.  If I sell you a mango that you then resell to someone else, then I need to pay not the 4% or 4.5% retail rate, but the lower...

ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker and SamrTummy’s Dr. Shim

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Dr. Walton Shim MD is a surgeon who started SmarTummy when he was in his 80's. His patented surgical training innovation could revolutionize how surgeons are trained.

ThinkTech: Business in Hawaii with Reg Baker

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Booz Allen does much more than you might think. What a great company and community leader!  And, did I mention, they are looking for good people for fantastic careers?