On October 18, 2018, the Supreme Court of Hawaii held oral argument on a petition by the four counties to invalidate the “Con-Am,” namely the constitutional amendment ballot measure that would allow the State to slap a “surcharge,” essentially an … Read More
This case is about wind turbines mounted on high ground in Maui. The County assessed real property tax on the value of the turbines, contending that they are improvements to land. The Tax Appeal Court and the Intermediate Court of … Read More
This week, we look at another provision that was passed by the 1978 Constitutional Convention to assure our fiscal health—and what our lawmakers have done to marginalize it. As we mentioned in June, Hawaii Constitution Article VII, sections 8 and 9 … Read More
The Department will hold three public hearings on Friday, October 19, 2018, at the Princess Ruth Keelikolani Building, Room 310, 830 Punchbowl St., Honolulu, HI 96813, beginning at 9:00 a.m., to allow the public to comment on the proposed adoption … Read More
Those of us who are getting along in years may remember the “general income tax credit,” a line on our state income tax return where we could claim a one-dollar ($1) credit. The saga of this credit tells us a … Read More
One article that recently appeared in the Star-Advertiser was titled, “State forgoing millions in federal reimbursements.” The state agency referred to in that article was our Department of Education. We have children from indigent families in our school system. Some … Read More
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Civil Beat recently held a forum at the Hawaiian Airlines corporate offices addressing the proposed constitutional amendment. Read the article here.
In the 2018 legislative session, the legislature passed SB 2922, which will put on the November 2018 general election ballot a question, “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to … Read More
Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education (DOE). The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the State’s General Fund of about … Read More