Another Rainy Day Slush Fund

Many of us in Hawaii are aware that we have an Emergency and Budget Reserve Fund, enshrined in chapter 328L, Hawaii Revised Statutes, to save money for a “rainy day,” that is to say, an emergency.  In the most recent … Read More

Ding Dong, the Green Fee is Dead

Environmentalists are bemoaning the apparent demise of the “Visitor Green Fee,” a $50 charge that would need to be paid by whoever, as a nonresident, wants to visit parks, beaches, scenic sites, and other places of natural beauty.  Most of … Read More

Tax Relief, RIP

“Alas, poor Yorick!  I knew him [well].” In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Yorick was the court jester who had become a skull by the time Ophelia’s burial takes place and Hamlet talks about him.  This legislative session, the same fate has befallen … Read More

Production Credit Hijinx

For a long time, Hawaii has had income tax incentives to encourage television, movies, and other productions to work their magic here in Hawaii.  The production credit was enacted in 1988, at which time it was 4% of regular production … Read More

TANF Hoarding, Continued

About a year ago, we tried to shine the spotlight on a federal program for families and children called TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  That program provides assistance for struggling families and children – but not directly.  The federal … Read More

It Isn’t Over Until It’s Over

We’ve come to that part of our legislative session where all the public hearings are done.  From here on out, lawmakers in the House will be chatting with their counterparts in the Senate to hash out any differences between their … Read More

The Case for Conveyance Tax Hikes

We have recently passed the halfway point in the current legislative session.  Many of the more outlandish or ruinous tax proposals have fallen by the wayside.  Many tax proposals remain, mainly having to do with tax relief or credits.  There … Read More

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