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

Tax Relief, RIP

“Alas, poor Yorick!  I knew him [well].” In Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Yorick was the court jester who had become a skull by the time Ophelia’s burial takes place and Hamlet talks about him.  This legislative session, the same fate has befallen … Read More

ThinkTech Hawaii: A Requiem for Tax Relief (Talking Tax)

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How it all Happened. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. This legislative session, death has befallen the broad-based tax reform proposal that would have widened our income tax brackets, increased the standard deduction, and hoisted … Read More

Production Credit Hijinx

For a long time, Hawaii has had income tax incentives to encourage television, movies, and other productions to work their magic here in Hawaii.  The production credit was enacted in 1988, at which time it was 4% of regular production … Read More

Think Tech Hawaii: Continued TANF Hoarding (Talking Tax)

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378 Million Dollars Idle. The hosts for this show are Jay Fidell and Tom Yamachika. About a year ago, we tried to shine the spotlight on a federal program for families and children called TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. … Read More

TANF Hoarding, Continued

About a year ago, we tried to shine the spotlight on a federal program for families and children called TANF, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families.  That program provides assistance for struggling families and children – but not directly.  The federal … Read More

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