Monday, May 23, 2022
This week we continue our series on the recommendations made by the Hawaii Tax Review Commission. “Hawai‘i taxation of retirement income is neither fair nor equitable,” they say.  “The exemption of large portions of retirement income impairs tax adequacy.”  Their recommendations:  “Tax pension and...
Gun cleaning products and lubricants are not necessarily the sexiest topic in the world. But boy are they an important factor to maintaining your collection. Hoppe’s, which has been in this business since 1903, has a lineup that includes everything from bore cleaners to gun grease.
Now that our Legislature is in session again and pondering several bills including some tax increases, we wanted to re-examine a tactic that has surfaced in recent years that has been applied to appropriation and tax bills – or could be applied to any bill with important...
by John H. Robinson The LTC insurance market has been in turmoil for more than a decade as insurance companies have come to the grim realization that the policies they issued in the 1990s and early 2000s were badly mispriced and that the proclivity of...
Our Legislature is now in full swing.  Politicians are busily preparing and debating bills that would affect our future.  One thing different this year, or that is supposed to be different this year, is that because we have just had a U.S. census and the representative and...
The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) administers about 200,000 acres of public lands to be leased to native Hawaiians, upon which they may live, farm, ranch, and engage in commercial or other activities.  The department, led by a nine-member commission, must provide financial and technical assistance...
We have a health care crisis on our hands. According to a study by the University of Hawaii School of Medicine, there is a shortage of physicians in Hawaii.  The school has forecasted that the gap between supply and demand is now close to...
Every year, our Department of Taxation submits bills to the Legislature for their consideration.  Those bills are included in the Governor’s Package.  Under our laws (section 231-3(7), HRS), the Department is supposed to recommend “any amendments, changes, or modifications of the laws as may seem proper or...
Editor's Note: Dr. Greg Yuen is local-born psychiatrist in private practice for over 40 years.  He has also, for as many years, taught free taichi classes in both Honolulu and Kailua.  When he was twelve, the death of his grandmother launched him on a...
Occasionally, lawmakers in the square building on Beretania Street come up with an idea that hasn’t been tried here before to see whether it sticks to the wall.  This year, one of those ideas is a “wealth tax.”  It’s currently in Senate Bill 3182, and Senate Bill...