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Here at the Tax Foundation, we watch our state government, and we howl a lot.  Often, we don’t know if our message is being heard, or if it’s being taken seriously. A few weeks ago, we complained that multi-million dollar projects undertaken by state...
Let’s first start by stating the obvious.  We’re in trouble. According to the latest forecasts put out by our Council on Revenues, we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars. This has to be made up somehow.
Imagine that you wake up one day to an awful toothache, and you march into your dentist’s office.  But then your dentist says, “Well, you tell me your tooth hurts, but can you prove that you have a cavity?” “Um …...
In the beginning of the aftermath of Twitter and Facebook’s censoring of the story about Hunter Biden and the provable collusion between then-Vice President Joe Biden and a Ukrainian oil executive – all facilitated by Hunter, the issue of censorship is front and center.
Recently, the University of Hawaii announced that it was going to take steps to combat the anticipated budget shortfall caused by our economic shutdown and the consequent drop in tax revenues. Effective November 1, it will be paying its executive and managerial employees a...
We are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good and busily preparing for a historic election.  There are, however, other huge projects in the wings where government agencies are setting up to spend record-setting amounts of money in public-private partnerships.  One...
by Esther Lambright Whether it’s a full-on portrait shoot or a quick snapshot, I think we can all agree that we like to look our best in photos.  And while selfies might seem like the thing for most, others (like me) employ their...
On September 15, Governor Ige released his final list of bills he is vetoing from the 2020 legislative session.  The list included House Bill 2124, which some people have called the “Revolving Door Bill.” Currently, the State Ethics Code, in HRS section 84-18, says...
On Tuesday, September 8, the Tax Foundation was pleased to welcome former Govs. Neil Abercrombie and John Waihee III to the first ever virtual annual meeting of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii. During the Zoom meeting, we had a free-flowing discussion of topics, sometimes...