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

What’s In the Governor’s Bill Package

Governor Josh Green recently gave his State of the State address. His office and his agencies dropped a bill package into the legislative hopper. It really feels like we’re in the legislative session now! Bills introduced as part of the Governor’s Package … 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

What It Takes to Spend $600M on Housing in Three Years

As we have written about before, last year’s Legislature approved $600 million to our Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) to reduce the monstrous waiting list of Hawaiians waiting for homestead lands.  The catch, however, is that DHHL needs to … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: Fiscal Truth Goes Through Three Stages (Talking Tax)

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Ridicule, Violent Opposition, Acceptance. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. The German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer wrote that all truth goes through three stages: 1st it is ridiculed; 2nd it is violently opposed; 3rd it is … Read More

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