The Grand Skim of Things, Part 2

By Tom Yamachika, President Last week, we began a discussion about the 5% charge that is assessed against the “special funds” in Hawaii government, which we called the “Central Services Skim.”  For the last few fiscal years, the Central Services … Read More

No Hanahana, Kaukau Anyway

By Tom Yamachika Growing up in these islands, I always heard the part-Hawaiian proverb that describes a very simple work ethic: “No hanahana, no kaukau.”  Meaning: if you don’t work, you don’t eat. Recently, some very notable people including Mark … Read More

EITC:  Devil in the Details

By Tom Yamachika, President On July 10, 2017, Governor Ige proudly signed House Bill 209, a bill that establishes a Hawaii earned income tax credit (HI-EITC for short).  The EITC has been described as “a federal tax credit that helps … Read More

Mucking Around in the Past?

By Tom Yamachika, President   On Thursday, June 22nd, the board of Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) stunned critics by cancelling a special audit that would have examined past cost overruns. Ember Shinn, former City Managing Director and HART … Read More

Anatomy of Epic Fail on Rail

By Tom Yamachika, President   In early May, on the day our Legislature adjourned, one of the newspapers summarized our Legislature’s work on the Honolulu transit surcharge extension as “Epic Fail on Rail.”  With the Federal Highway Administration poised to … Read More

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