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Elusive Hawaii Tax Credit Data Raises Important Concerns

Graphic illustration by Emily Metcalf

By Lowell L. Kalapa - One of the recommendations made by consultants to the current Hawaii Tax Review Commission is almost an after thought, you know like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped. The recommendation made by the consultant was to either cap certain tax credits or replace those credits with grant programs. The […]

September 24th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

No to Tax Increases: Yes to Budget Cuts

Fred Hemmings

BY FRED HEMMINGS - The Tax Review Commission hired a Mainland company to perform a review of Hawaii taxes and make recommendations.  The PFM Group’s recommendations on ways to raise taxes are insulting.  Hawaii citizens already rank among the highest taxed in the nation.  Hawaii’s taxes are regressive and cruel.  The PFM Group recommended raising taxes in numerous ways. […]

September 19th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Elusive Hawaii Tax Credit Data Raises Important Concerns

Graphic illustration by Emily Metcalf

By Lowell L. Kalapa - One of the recommendations made by consultants to the current Tax Review Commission is almost an after thought, you know like closing the barn door after the horses have escaped. The recommendation made by the consultant was to either cap certain tax credits or replace those credits with grant programs. […]

September 17th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Setting the Record Straight on HOPE Probation: Memo from the Founder

Judge Steve Alm

BY JUDGE STEVE ALM - I watched the recent Hawaii Reporter television interview featuring Honolulu City Prosecutor Keith Kaneshiro and Deputy Attorney General Kevin Takata with great interest. Mr. Kaneshiro made some statements about HOPE Probation and Drug Court that are inaccurate and I thought it was important to set the record straight. First, Mr. Kaneshiro […]

September 12th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Does Hawaii Need An "Environmental Court?" - Doesn't It Already Have One?

Robert Thomas

BY ROBERT THOMAS - Check this out. A report from the Maui News that "Environmental court would be perfect fit here - judge." Apparently, there is an effort to get the Judiciary or the Legislature to form another court with specialized jurisdiction, either formally like the Family Courts, or more likely on a less formalized […]

September 10th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Hawaii Tax Commission Bent on Finding Ways to Increase New Tax Revenues

Graphic illustration by Emily Metcalf

  By Lowell L. Kalapa - As reported earlier, the current Tax Review Commission seems bent on finding ways to raise new tax revenues as it has directed its consultants to come up with ways to find more money. This effort is based on forecasts of what state expenditures will look like in the future and assumes […]

September 10th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Study Reveals Hawaii as 3rd Largest Supplier of Wildlife for Aquariums

Fiji reef scene

BY RENE UMBERGER - One way to understand Hawaii’s aquarium trade is to look at the big picture and compare it to the trade in other island states and nations. A new study published in May makes it possible, for the first time, to do just that. Examining U.S. import documents from 2005, the report revealed […]

September 4th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Encouraging Affordable Housing Gets Government Out Of The Way

Tax Foundation logo

BY LOWELL L. KALAPA - There will be a national summit on affordable housing that will be held in Honolulu next week and it appears that all the usual participants will be at the table trying to figure out how to increase the supply of affordable housing in Hawaii and around the nation. No doubt, there […]

September 4th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Despite Warnings and Pleas, Rail Headed for 'Burials Central'

Kēhaunani Abad, PhD

By Kēhaunani Abad, PhD - As early as 2005, the Oʻahu Island Burial Council (OIBC) raised red flags. The rail project would undoubtedly impact Hawaiian burials. Three years later, when the OIBC had not received promised communications from the City and County of Honolulu, the council asked for an update. At that time, and at many […]

August 31st, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

Deficit Needs to Be Addressed if Collapse to Be Avoided

money

BY LOWELL L. KALAPA - Well, the Primary Election is over and all eyes are focused on the BIG PRIZE come November, but will voters be salved with the political rhetoric or will they ask the hard questions? As noted in last week’s Commentary, elected officials at all levels have resorted to spending our hard-earned […]

August 26th, 2012 | Posted in Hawaii Capitol Thoughts | Read More »

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