ThinkTech Hawaii: Owning Property in a Burn Zone (Talking Tax)

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Exploring Owner’s Rights or Lack Thereof. The hosts for this show are Mark Coleman and Tom Yamachika. The guest is Jonathan Helton. These days, there is much talk in the news about rebuilding the burn zone that was once Lahaina. … Read More

Owning in a Burn Zone

These days, there is much talk in the news about rebuilding the burn zone that was once Lahaina.  Can the former capital of the Kingdom of Hawaii be restored to its former 1800’s glory?  Should it be keeping a character … Read More

Who Really Pays?

Have you ever thought about who, really, pays the cost of something like a Lahaina wildfire or a Hurricane Iniki? In the Lahaina wildfire case, victims are getting assistance from our federal and state governments. Some of them are trying … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: Whether Hawaii Should Have a Housing Czar (Talking Tax)

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The Cases for and Against. The hosts for this show are Mark Coleman and Tom Yamachika. The guest is Loren Seehase. This week we look at Governor Green‘s Emergency Proclamation Relating to Housing, and his use of the emergency statutes … Read More

Challenging the Housing Czar

This week we look at Governor Green‘s Emergency Proclamation Relating to Housing, and his use of the emergency statutes to suspend many of the laws that account for delays upon delays in housing starts. The proclamation has been on the … 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

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

Dept. of Education Welcomes Two New $190K Hires

On Thursday, August 18, the state Board of Education voted to create two new deputy superintendent positions, at least until the next legislative session when permanent funding can be asked for, setting their base salaries at $190,000, and hiring two … Read More

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