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...

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...
Waikiki Beach Boys

Is this the end for the Waikiki Beach Boys? Hawaiian OCEAN’S Waikiki Comments on...

On Tuesday May 15, 2018 the City plans to evict Hawaiian Ocean’s Waikiki from  the Kuhio Beach concession stand that it operates. Every five years,...

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...