UHERO Slams the Skim

By Tom Yamachika, President On February 2, an interesting report was released by the University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, also known as UHERO.  It examined the “administrative fee” of 10% that is now being skimmed off the General Excise … Read More

Funding Nonexistent People

By Tom Yamachika, President At the end of October 2015, it was revealed that our state government paid half a million dollars in pension payments to people who were already dead.  Well, then, what do you think of budgeting many … Read More

Michael, Row the Boat Ashore

By Tom Yamachika, President On December 13, 2016, Governor Ige signed off on, and thereby finalized, significant increases in fees charged by the Department of Transportation Harbors Division.  These charges are assessed each time cargo enters or leaves a Hawaii … Read More


  By Tom Yamachika, President   In almost every year that the Peanuts comic strip by Charles Schulz has run, Lucy offers to hold a football for Charlie Brown, Charlie Brown comes running up to kick it, and then Lucy … Read More

Can the Unions Dodge the Law?

By Tom Yamachika, President A recent decision of the Hawaii Labor Relations Board (HLRB) has some people wondering if the United Public Workers (UPW), one of the government employee unions, has figured out how to ignore the law. Earlier this … Read More

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