The Budget Is Signed

On June 30, Gov. Green hosted a signing ceremony on the fifth floor of the Capitol where he dutifully put pen to paper and signed into law the state budget, House Bill 300, and the tax credit bill, House Bill … Read More

Act 163 Bill Signing Ceremony

 Tax Foundation President Tom Yamachika attended the Bill Signing Ceremony for Act 163 (House Bill 954 HD2 SD2 CD1)  at the Governor’s Office on June 30, 2023.    

Economic Misfortune Can Fix Our “Shadow Budget”

In recent weeks, we have been reporting on Hawaii’s “shadow budget.”  We found out that a first responders’ campus in central Oahu, even when a bill to create it was stomped on, shaken violently, and killed in the House, could … Read More

Hawaii’s Shadow Budget

Recently there has been criticism heaped on the Supreme Court of the United Sates for making very important rulings via a “shadow docket” consisting of motions for various kinds of emergency relief.  Those rulings are typically made on the papers … Read More

Did You Meet Your Goals This Year? – Pff, We Don’t Care

Our Legislature’s 2023 session is definitely cranked up now.  Committees are revving up and sending out gobs of notices of hearing for the bills before them.  The Legislature is dealing with over 3,000 bills introduced this year, definitely a lot … Read More

Hawaii Public Radio: Surveying Hawaiʻi tax code on the eve of the 2023 legislative session

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On the eve of the 2023 legislative session, many tax proposals are on the horizon. The Conversation talked to Tom Yamachika, head of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii about some of the ideas. With inflation abounding and talk about a recession this year, … Read More

No, Boosting the Affordable Housing Fund Isn’t the Answer

Many financial and political experts (or people who say they are) are trying to make sense of the defeat of Honolulu’s Charter Question No. 1 in the general election earlier this month. The charter question put before Oahu voters was … Read More

“Dedicated Funding Source”? Nah

I’m sometimes asked how we can achieve true fiscal reform here in the Aloha State. It’s easy to imagine an end goal, with government spending within its means and with no gargantuan liabilities (the big two are the State’s defined … Read More

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