Monday, June 27, 2022
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...
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...
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.
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...
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...
In last week’s column we started a list of bills that the Hawaii Legislature has passed up to the Governor for action.  Here’s a list of some of the eyebrow-raising bills that have gone to the fifth floor. Senate Bill 3040 is a bill...
By Keli'i Akina At this point, the one thing we can rely on concerning the Honolulu rail project is the long list of unanswered questions. Among them: >> How much will it really cost?  >> How will we...
A popular 2010 study claiming minimum-wage hikes do not cause 'economic shocks' has just been reanalyzed and overturned  HONOLULU, May 17, 2022 >> The consensus in Hawaii seems to be that Gov. David Ige will sign HB2510, raising the state’s hourly minimum wage from $10.10 to $18 over...
Many of us who drive cars now dread the day when we’ve got to go to the gas station. Between COVID-19, Russia vs. Ukraine, and other economic factors, gas prices have already passed the $5 per gallon mark and don’t appear to be falling anytime soon.