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Government vs. taxpayers: Who's the boss, anyway?

Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii

By Tom Yamachika - Recently there was some news from the State of Colorado. Voters there had passed a Taxpayers’ Bill of Rights (TBOR) as an amendment to the Colorado Constitution. Under the TBOR, tax increases and significant government borrowing had to be presented to the voters before they could take effect. Some of the Colorado […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

America's Infrastructure: Roads are Crumbling, Congress is Fiddling

Panos Prevedouros, a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - America's transportation infrastructure, once an engine of mobility and productivity, has fallen into such disrepair that it's become an economic albatross. From the article Shoddy U.S. roads and bridges take a toll on the economy in LA Times. A comprehensive summary with startling video by 60 Minutes is titled Falling apart: America's neglected infrastructure where Steve Kroft […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

City gets 'F' for rail project

PUSHING AHEAD: Construction on Oahu's 20 mile rail route started in the vacant fields in West Oahu but will cross into Oahu's most populated areas in Honolulu

  BY DEAN CAPELOUTO - It is important that the rail have an "independent inspector - independentinspection" team, that isn't influenced by the receiving of RAIL construction contract revenues..... that is a major "conflict of interest".We asked about this early on, and were promised this would happen (duringone of the town halls).Also the issue on local jobs, […]

November 24th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

DOT not transparent with the public on projects

Daniel K. Inouye Highway

  By Aaron Stene - I’m a concerned citizen, who closely follows county and state highway projects on the Big Island. I believe its important to monitor these new projects, especially since the State and county are using taxpayer dollars to build these new highways. This is why I’ve spent so much of my free time being a community transportation advocate. […]

November 21st, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

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November 20th, 2014 | Posted in Cartoons,Comics,Opinion | Read More »

Q&A with Kimberlee Ke‘ala Bassford

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by Rob Kay Kimberlee Ke‘ala Bassford is an independent, Honolulu-based documentary filmmaker with a passion for social issues, cultural and women’s stories. Born and raised in Honolulu, she graduated from Punahou and holds a BA in psychology from Harvard and a Masters in Journalism from the University of California Berkeley. Ms. Bassford is probably best […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary,Opinion,Slice of Life, Hawaiian Style,Special Features | Read More »

As the Nation Turns, Hawaii is Still Driven

Panos Prevedouros, a professor of engineering at the University of Hawaii

BY PANOS PREVEDOUROS PHD - As the Nation Turns, Hawaii is Still Driven is an comprehensive and detailed article in the November 2014 issue of Hawaii Business Magazine, by Carlyn Tani. I am quoted extensively throughout the article as follows: “Hawaii’s driving never really went down – it just flattened out and then started going up again as opposed […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Hawaii's 2015 State Business Tax Climate Index Released

Following the money government spends isn't easy in Hawaii, according to a new report - Photo: Emily Metcalf

By Tom Yamachika - Just a while ago we spent a few weeks discussing how Hawaii can grow its Gross Domestic Product, or GDP, and we mentioned that the tax system is something directly under our control so we can act on it relatively swiftly. We analyzed our tax systems based on a study called […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

UN-TAXIS?

Tom Yamachika, Tax Foundation of Hawaii

By Tom Yamachika - By now, pretty much everyone has heard about “ridesharing.” Big names in the market are Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar. This industry presents itself as an alternative to taxis. If you are at Point A and need transportation to Point B, you pick up your smartphone, fire up an app that matches you […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

Improved housing protection for Hawaii Medical Marijuana patients becomes law

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REPORT FROM THE ACLU - HONOLULU - The Medical Cannabis Coalition of Hawai‘i ("MCCHI") (and allies) welcomes the enactment of Act 60, which, as of Nov. 1, voids provisions in Hawai‘i rental agreements that previously would have allowed eviction of a tenant based on their status as a registered patient with Hawaiiʻs medical marijuana program. Medical […]

November 18th, 2014 | Posted in Guest Commentary | Read More »

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