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

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

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

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

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