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On January 5, State Director of Finance Craig Hirai was (kind of) answering questions before the House Finance Committee on the Administration’s budget. In response to questions on what the Administration had planned for revenue increases, he stated that the plan is “kind of...
There has been a lot of flip-flopping and waffling going on in government.  President Trump groused about, panned, and then finally signed a second stimulus package on Sunday, Dec. 27.  Then Gov. Ige, who previously decided to furlough public employees, put the furloughs on hold on Dec....
Recently, a sharply divided Hawaiian Homes Commission sent to Governor Ige a legislative proposal to allow limited casino gaming on Hawaiian homelands. As Civil Beat reported, commission chair William Aila put the proposal forward as a revenue opportunity at a time when government needs...
The path leading to how to fix our battered economy has taken some crazy twists and turns. Governor Ige, first, announced that he will furlough all state workers for two days a month to chop down the expenses required in state government.
It has come to this. We, the American people, no longer have a true representative form of government. We are now saddled with an assembly of people, elected to office, who simply do not understand the US constitution, its mandates, its limits, its requirements, its obligations. Our...
Developments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways. The state has established a Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program to help people affected by the pandemic make their rent or mortgage payments.
Recently, our Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) reminded people of a news release. The release was directed to anyone in Hawaii that owns or has control of an entity (such as a corporation, partnership, or LLC). DCCA explained that there are some...
When I first heard about the COVID-19 epidemic in China late last year, I realized how much easier it would be for China to deal with the virus than it would be for the US and other free countries.  Lockdowns, quarantines, and forced vaccinations...
When we analyze how well, or how poorly, our economy is faring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and then try to craft appropriate corrective action, we often hear the buzzword “data-driven.”  ”Data-driven,” in general terms, means we want a strategy that is backed...
“Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.”  So reads the Eighth Amendment, part of the Bill of Rights of the U.S. Constitution.  Many of us hearing these words think about Death Row and whether people waiting there are...