TrumpTax, Part 1

As we nervously await the opening of the 2018 Legislature, we wonder how our state will approach tax conformity now that the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, or “Trump Tax,” is now law. Most states, including ours, conform to federal … Read More

What’s A Carbon Tax?

Recently, the Hawaii Tax Review Commission’s primary consultant, PFM Group, issued a final report to the Commission asking it to review many taxing alternatives, including a “carbon tax” that had the potential to put an additional $360 million per year … Read More

Constitutional Convention

The 2018 general election is going to be a special one for our state because we get to vote on whether to have a constitutional convention. Normally, our legislature acts as the gatekeeper for any changes to the Hawaii Constitution.  … Read More


Our state was recently in the news when State Reps. Chris Lee and Sean Quinlan held a press conference in response to the controversy surrounding loot boxes and microtransactions in video games.  Lee announced that he would be looking to … Read More

Voluntary Additional Tax?

Recently I received an email from an alert citizen whose remarks were published in Money magazine in March 2017.  It apparently impressed the editors of the magazine enough to print this comment in extra-large type.  It was in response to … Read More

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