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BREAKING NEWS FROM THE TAX FOUNDATION OF HAWAII

REVISED:  June 21, 2018, 4:40 pm.  Added link to SD law, revised discussion of differences. June 21, 2018:  The Supreme Court of the United States today decided Wayfair, Inc. v. South Dakota, and held that “physical presence” is not necessary before States can validly apply their taxing powers to businesses that have neither persons nor property in a State but...

Can’t You Just Change the Agenda?

Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) Board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel and then submit the recordings to management to be transcribed.  That’s “interference with the audit process,” he said. What happened...

The Warlord’s Hospital (Part One)

Author’s Note: After two years of budget travel through fifteen Asia-Pacific countries and a wonderful visit to the USA – hosted all along the way by local and national YMCAs, I had settled high in the rugged, jungle-clad mountains along the Burmese border in the extreme north of Thailand. The journey to this remote outpost was like living the...

Balanced Budget

If you are a serious student of Hawaii constitutional law, here is a question for you.  Where in our state constitution does it say we have to have a balanced budget?  The answer appears later in this article. The part of our constitution directly governing our state’s budget is Article VII, section 8.  It says that “the governor shall submit...

So You Want to Play Politics, Do You?

BY FRANK SALVATO It is true that in the United States, everyone who qualifies under the requirements of the Constitution has the right to run for office. In fact, the beauty of the American experience is that our nation is governed by her people, not a ruling class, or so it is supposed to be. Currently, we are undergoing a rebellion...

The California Stupidity Fund, Part 2

About three months ago, I wrote about the $10,000 limitation on deductions for state and local tax that is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.  In a nutshell, you can only deduct up to $10,000 in state and local tax.  If you paid more, you get no tax deduction for the excess; not now, and...

Kymberly Pine starts a GoFundMe for VeteranX Runner John Gollner after he mysteriously goes blind

Over a decade ago, after returning from the war in Iraq, John Gollner began to lose his vision and hear a constant ringing in his ear. At first, no one in the medical profession could explain the origin of his symptoms.  He was the first Iraq veteran to have these symptoms. Then others started to report similar issues. He has had years...

We Can’t See It or Touch It, But We Can Tax It!

This week we look at HB 2416, a bill that applies Hawaii Use Tax to intangible property. The Use Tax is a tax designed to protect our local businesses.  As a consumer, you often have a choice between buying a product from a local seller and one from somewhere out of state.  Our general excise tax applies to the local...

Top Trending LAVA videos from the Volcano Kilauea currently erupting in Hawaii

By J.D. Griggs -
  LIVE: Fountains of lava erupting from a Kilauea fissure in Hawaii. First it was catastrophic lava. Then it was sulfur dioxide. Now Hawaii's Big Island residents have yet another danger to worry about.Lava flows are now hitting the ocean Super rare footage

Finding the Magic Bullet: City’s Share of Rail Administrative Costs

In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet” – one that they say will get the City’s share of rail funding done painlessly. Here’s the issue.  The City needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs for rail for 2018 and 2019.  The City previously didn’t...