Saturday, May 21, 2022
Over the past 10 or so years that I have been in the seat, I have seen legislature after legislature consider many, many bills to increase taxes. Every year. Without fail. At the Foundation, we keep a list of the tax bills that are introduced and that get at least one hearing.
Occasionally, all of us wonder what it’s like to be rich and famous, or at least act like it.  “Those people,” you might think, “have at their disposal so many ways to flummox the tax authorities if they want to.  Panamanian bearer shares corporations.  Dutch sandwiches.  Entities...
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...
If at first you don’t succeed because of the rules, do you redouble your efforts to meet the rules?  Or do you change the rules so you can meet them? HART, the Honolulu transportation agency, has just done the latter. In...
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...
What do you think of when you hear the name “Nebraska”? Steaks? Corn? Warren Buffett? As it turns out, they have a few things in common with us. They pride themselves on their quality of life (but for different reasons than us), and they are facing a population decline just like we are.
In our Legislature this year, there is a bill advancing that contains an innovative (or horrible, depending on your point of view) idea for financing certain home improvements. Let’s say you own a home and you need or want a septic system, connection to...
In recent weeks, it’s been no secret that the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) has had some concerns about their working conditions. Schools are about to start up again with in-person instruction. Teachers are then supposed to be teaching a bunch of random kids, few of whom may be vaccinated because vaccines only recently have been approved for early teenagers and still aren’t approved for kids under 12.
On October 13th, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii published the result of a poll of about 1,000 Hawaii residents.  They found, not surprisingly, that people don’t like our high state taxes: Maybe I’m too cynical after being at the...
You might not know this, but our tax workers enjoy all kinds of special privileges. Suppose, for example, a tax auditor told all your customers you were a tax cheat, rifled through your garbage, asked embarrassing questions of your friends and maybe some enemies,...