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Every day is a lively day here at Honolulu Hale (and at the Kapolei Hale as well). I say your Honolulu Hale because as a citizen you are encouraged to attend committee meetings, and full council meetings. This week the committee on Parks, Customer and Community Services is meeting to...
REVISED:  June 21, 2018, 4:40 pm.  Added link to SD law, revised discussion of differences. June 21, 2018:  The Supreme Court of the United States today decided Wayfair, Inc. v. South Dakota, and held that “physical presence” is not necessary before States can validly apply their taxing powers to businesses...
City Council Update Nine elected individuals on the Honolulu City Council control a huge budget and influences the lives of over 800,000 people.  Who better to ensure accountability in Government than an experienced CPA? Good luck Natalie!!  
Hawaii Republican Party in Hawaii - alive, well and making a difference. Top GOP leaders, Andria Tupola and Gene Ward provide an update on the current legislative session in Hawaii and nationally.  And they had a few warnings of potential laws being considered.  
Last week the Hawaiʻi House of Representatives unanimously passed the restricted use pesticide  (RUP) regulation bill, SB3095hd1 during its third and final reading on April 6, 2018. The bill is a significant milestone in a decades-long effort to put in place regulations to protect public health and the environment. The Senate now has the opportunity...
What was supposed to be an interview about Tax Reform turned into a very lively and pointed political debate. Jay Fidel, founder of Think Tech Hawaii and Reg Baker, Small Business Advocate, go head to head to debate the pro's and con's of the 2017 tax reform act. If you...
President of the Professional Bail Agents of the United States (PBUS), Beth Chapman, Responds to ACLU Release of Anticipated "Pre-trial Report" "I want to applaud the decision by the Senate public safety Committee on governmental and military affairs in holding SB2860 until the Pre-trial Taskforce can complete their work and...
Governor Ige has appointed Reg Baker to the Hawaii Small Business Review Board, effective immediately. Please see appointment letter below. This state of Hawaii appointment, combined with my role on the federal SBA Regulatory Fairness Board will be powerful and allow me to work more effectively at helping small...
What a fast paced information packed session this was! We touched on what a forensic audit is and why we need one for the Rail. And the sooner the better!! Otherwise we will continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. Also discussed the...
Aloha –  Senator Green is a busy guy!  And if (correction - when) he wins the next Lieutenant Governors election he will be busier than ever!  Such a down to earth and articulate guy.   Headed to Washington DC late next week for the annual US Small Business Administration (SBA) Board...