By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 3/2/14) A few weeks ago this column spoke out against tax credits. Not so much because we didn’t believe in the worthiness of the causes the credits were trying to support. Far from … Read More
On Feb. 24, 2014, Tom Yamachika was interviewed by Dr. Keli’i Akina of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, broadcast on ThinkTech Hawaii’s YouTube channel. Topic: the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 2/23/14) Now that the folks projecting state revenues think that there will be a few bucks extra this session, lots of social service agencies have swarmed around lawmakers urging them to use some … Read More
By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 2/16/14) When you and I pay our taxes, we probably expect that the money we pay in will be used toward any and all legitimate financial needs of the state. The one beast … Read More
On February 10, 2014, Hawaii Public Radio broadcast an interview with Tom Yamachika on Beth-Ann Kozlovich’s program “The Conversation.” The topic was bills moving through the Hawaii Legislature. You can listen to the podcast here.
By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 2/9/14) Solar and wind energy system owners, movie and TV producers, the impoverished, those who hire workers in certain zones, those who buy durable goods to use in a business. These seemingly disparate … Read More
By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 2/2/14) Recently the mayors of our four large counties all got together in what has been described as their annual pilgrimage to the legislature. One of their priorities for the year is to … Read More
By Kyle Pomerleau, Richard Borean of the Tax Foundation. For an overview of the EITC, please refer to this post. According to the IRS, 19.2 percent of the 146 million income tax filers in 2011 claimed the Earned Income Tax … Read More
By Tom Yamachika, Interim President (Released on 1/26/14) Hello, world! There was only one Lowell Kalapa, and he is now in a place where there are no taxes. I am not here to replace him. No one can do that. … Read More
By Joseph Henchman, Richard Borean of the Tax Foundation. Get 45 public finance experts in a room and most will agree that a sales tax should apply to all final sales but not to business purchases, so each product is … Read More