Beware of Tax Software?

Well, we’re in the thick of tax season!  It’s that time of year when individuals, gritting and gnashing their teeth, scour through their financial...

Individual Development Accounts, Version 2.0

Individual Development Accounts, a program that seems to be gaining traction at our Legislature, is a way to help lower-income people build self-sufficiency. Under conventional...

Squirreling Away Money At The Dept. of Transportation

Well, it looks like the Hawaii State Watch Doggie has woken up from his nap. A:  Hey!  Keeping watch is hard work! Q:  Undoubtedly.  So what...

Creativity Abounds at our Legislature, Pt. 2

This week, we are continuing our coverage of creative tax-related bills at our legislature.  The Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie is taking a nap...

Creativity Abounds At Our Legislature

This year, our legislature once again is poised to consider revenue raising – namely, taxes in new and creative ways.  For a different perspective...

Ask Not for Whom the H-1 Tolls…

Recently, we have heard the term “congestion pricing” bandied about as a way of improving traffic congestion here, and of raising more money. What is...

SOTU: Pelosi and Schumer’s Arrogant Politics on Display

BY FRANK SALVATO It is a misnomer that President Trump has “shutdown”, at least partially, the US government. That Nancy Pelosi, the Progressive Speaker of...

DOE’s Repair Backlog Is How Much Again?

In a budget briefing at the legislature at about this time last year, Department of Education officials reported that their backlog of repair and...
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Ocasio-Cortez: Just As Fake As Socialism Itself

BY FRANK SALVATO Just like the hollow promise given by Democrats when they passed the Secure Fence Act of 2006, newly elected and former-waitress US...

Zero-Based Budgeting

Last week, we spent some time on “variance reports,” which is how our state government agencies report differences in position count and spending from...