Monday, May 23, 2022
The Hawaii Legislature is done for the year.  Its last day for this session was May 5th.  It has done all its work on new laws for this season.  Some of the bills it finally passed have already been signed into law.  Others are awaiting the Governor’s...
The COVID-19 pandemic made history both here and abroad, but for different reasons.  Here, it was remembered not only for the 1,400 lives it claimed, but also for the businesses it hurt or ruined.  Our experience was similar to other States across the country, and our federal...
Here at the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, we try to follow and report on bills proposing new taxes.  We try like heck to pick up any bill that mentions taxes, or affects the tax codes.  But that’s not enough.  Lawmakers can be very crafty and propose things...
Many of the most draconian measures of Hawaii’s coronavirus lockdown measures have been lifted, but it still is important that we reform the state’s emergency-management law, according to Sandy Ma, executive director of Common Cause Hawaii, and Malia Blom Hill, policy director for the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii.
Once upon a time there was a Governor Dorothy of Hawaii who looked out over her domain and said, “Gee, we’ve got lots of money this year!  The economy has come roaring back so we’ve got a big chunk of tax revenue, and we also have a...
Hi there! This is the Hawaii State Tax Watch Doggie. Today I’m playing a real person who testified before the House Special Investigative Committee.  The Committee was supposed to be looking into problems at the Department of Land and Natural Resources because of a less-than-glowing report by...
A friend and I were recently discussing the prevailing state of affairsdominating world news and the human outlook. After we got past Covidand the raging war in Europe, we couldn’t avoid the recently releasedUnited Nations report on climate change. IPCC: “Window to avert catastrophic...
This week again, we spotlight some legislation that has the potential to change our tax system in very bold ways. Our focus is on  Senate Bill 3201, which fundamentally changes how the general excise tax (GET) applies to nonprofits. Under federal...
For Those Who Thought They Knew What a Woman Is It’s more than Supreme Court Nominees, like Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, who do not know what a woman is. Judge Jackson’s response to Sen. Marsha Blackburn’s question to define a “woman”, asked during Judge...
Photo by Charley Myers By Keli'i Akina We are finally breathing a little more freely.  As of Saturday, March 26, 2022, Hawaii’s mask mandate was officially lifted, two years after Gov. David Ige first declared a COVID-19...