Friday, June 24, 2022
Our latest tale of legislative drama starts from diapers. Literally. House Bill 2414 in this year’s legislative session proposes to enact a general excise exemption for diapers. The bill recites that diapers are a large expense for Hawaii...
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.
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...
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...
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.
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,...
The Honolulu City Council wants to raise money for the Honolulu Police Department by adding a surcharge to traffic fines.  As KHON2 reports, they say that the money can and should be used to recruit, retain, and equip police officers.  It’s definitely a creative idea to raise...
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...
On November 4, the Supreme Court of Hawaii released its decision in League of Women Voters v. State. That decision involved a bill enacted by the 2018 Legislature that went through some different incarnations before finally becoming law
The story you are about to read is true. The names have not been changed to protect the innocent. This is the city: Honolulu, Hawaii. I live here. I’m a doggie.