School Non-Spending

In this space, we have been writing a lot about grief caused by spending taxpayer money unwisely. It turns out that lots of grief can also be caused by failure to spend it. Recently, according to reporting by Civil Beat, … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: DOE Has a Monopoly on our Kids (Talking Tax)

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Alternatives to the Public School System. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. Over the last several years, we have been saying plenty about the Hawai’i Department of Education (DOE), and not all of it has … Read More

Whether DOE Should Have a Monopoly on Our Kids

Over the last several years, we have been saying plenty about the Hawaii Department of Education (DOE), and not all of it has been peachy.  We’ve talked about DOE fighting with other agencies regarding getting kids to school in Kihei.  … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: Getting Kids to School in Kihei (Talking Tax)

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  When Agencies Fight, Nothing Gets Done. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. We focus this week on Kihei, Maui, where our Department of Education (DOE) has been trying to open a new $245 million … Read More

Getting Kids to School in Kihei

Let’s start with a simple proposition.  Taxpayers pay our government to get things done.  Taxpayers don’t pay our government agencies to fight each other so that nothing gets done. We focus this week on Kihei, Maui, where our Department of … Read More

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.    

The 2023 Intent to Veto List

On June 23, Gov. Green issued his intent to veto list.  Any bill that is now pending before him and not on the list will become law.  Any bill that is on the list may or not be vetoed; the … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: The Intent to Veto List (Talking Tax)

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Economic Downturn Might Have Saved us. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. Gov. Green recently released his Intent to Veto list. He started with line-item vetoes to the budget bill and then released a list … Read More

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