Sunday, September 23, 2018

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...

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...

How Long Does It Take to Have a Home on Kauai?

Today, we focus on Kauai real property tax, thanks to an alert reader who has given us a horrifying account of something so commonplace...

Cashing In On Production Credits

In this space, I often have unflattering things to say about tax credits.  Every year, legislators propose tax credits for some little-noticed niche in...

Weekends Safe Once Again, Maybe

Back in 2014, we wrote in this space about a nasty Honolulu City & County rule involving real property tax appeals.  That rule said...

Wayfair – Playing Catch-Up

This week, we continue with our coverage of Wayfair, the U.S. Supreme Court case that held online sellers can be made to collect state...

Corrupt Local Power Players in Politics

BY FRANK SALVATO They say that all politics is local. This is true. Equally true is the notion that the government closest to you is...

Who Can We Beat Up With Property Tax?

The ongoing furor in Honolulu over the extent to which the rail project is adequately funded, or lack thereof, and the possibility of new...

If You Don’t Rock the Boat, How Do You Change Its Direction?

A little over twenty years ago, on May 6, 1998, then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle was speaking to a group of business leaders from the...

It’s Not Easy Bein’ — an Employer

It’s tough being an employer, especially here in Hawaii. If I am a business, or even a nonprofit, in Hawaii and I want to hire...