Sunday, September 23, 2018

Reactionary Reaction to Resort Fees

One of the bills that has come out of the recently concluded legislative session is SB 2699, which proposes to make “resort fees” subject...

Letting the Genie Out Of The Bottle…For Our Keiki?

This November, voters throughout the State will be given the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, brought forward by Senate Bill 2922, supposedly...

The Tax Office Said So, So It Must Be True!

HB 2432, one of the bills actively being considered this session, proposes to hike the “transient occupancy tax,” or TOT, by an as-yet-unspecified amount. ...

Mighty Morphin Power Bills!

In last week’s article, I said we should look forward to lots of surprises as lawmakers press forward with our legislative session with techniques...

How to Terminate Ideological Tenured Professors

BY FRANK SALVATO By now everyone who is up to speed on current events knows that Randa Jarrar, a “professor” at California State University at...

The Feds Gave You a Break? Now We, the State, Can Turn the...

It’s not often that State lawmakers express their justification for imposing taxes in terms other than “We need the money to fund essential services...

Can Government Avoid Its Responsibilities With LLCs?

Do you recognize any of these names:  Hiʻilei Aloha LLC, Hiʻipaka LLC, and Hoʻokele Pono LLC? For one thing, all of them have “LLC” in...

Financial Planning For a $200M Per Year Deficit?

A recent news release from the Hawaii State Senate Majority Caucus says: The State Senate has drafted, discussed, and voted on SB508, SB2415, SB2484, SB2489,...

The California Stupidity Fund

One of the changes that was made in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, which applies to our federal tax returns for...

An Opportunity for Opportunity Zones

Dear Governor Ige: Whatever you may think of President Trump and the Republican-dominated Congress, they have thrown an opportunity our way, and you need to...