Saturday, May 21, 2022
The Soroptimist organizations on Oahu are combining for the “Taste of the Arts 2010 ...and all that Jazz!” No more ticket sales. The fund raiser is on September 12, 2010 at the Honolulu Country Club 4:00 pm till 8:pm. See menu below. The annual Soroptimist Taste of the Arts (TOTA) dinner...
Lately, the news about HART, the body governing Honolulu’s largest ever public works project, has been focused on one of the nine voting members. That member‘s term is coming to an end, and the news is focusing on Mayor Rick Blangiardi‘s choice to replace him. What you might not have seen is the difficulty the HART board is having making decisions.
The Hawaii Tax Review Commission, under our state constitution, convenes once every five years or so to examine and report on our state tax system. It recently published its report addressed to the Legislature.
This week we are taking up as a new and noteworthy development Bill 17 being considered by the Honolulu City Council. That bill would give the city’s Department of Planning and Permitting a clear pathway to enforcing fines that the Department imposed by allowing the Department to record liens against the property that the fines concern, and then to foreclose on the liens like a mortgage company would if a mortgage was in default.
This week we reflect on a piece in “The Atlantic” that argues quite persuasively that your government not only taxes people by taking their money, but also imposes administrative burdens that waste countless precious hours of people’s time
This is the second part of a two-part inteview I did with Julie Christensen. As alluded to in the first part of this conversation, I met Julie Christensen while working on a family history project. Julie’s mom went to high school with my late...
BY MAHANA DUNN, RA - Traditional voyaging canoes landed in Hanalei, Kauai; an epic trans-Pacific adventure. Ancient Polynesian culture literally landed in our backyard yesterday as 7 traditional double-hulled sailing canoes arrived upon our shores in Hanalei Bay. These 7 canoes, complete with 16 crew members each,...
Prosecutors in Illinois have reportedly chosen not to charge five gang-related suspects in a deadly shootout that unfolded in Chicago, despite police wanting to charge all five with murder and aggravated battery.  The Friday shootout was sparked by an internal dispute between two factions...
Once every five years or so, the Hawaii Constitution asks our government officials to put together a Tax Review Commission.  Its job is to “conduct a systematic review of the State’s tax structure, using such standards as equity and efficiency.” To some people, it...
One fundamental assumption that has been made over the years by our lawmakers is that if you enact a tax, money will be raised. What if that weren’t true? In late 2019, a pair of economists, Enrico Moretti and Daniel Wilson,...