Opinion

TAXWatch: Federal COVID Money

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. T his week our Legislature will be recessing after working on one of its important tasks:  figuring out how to spend $1 billion of federal money that is being made available to Hawaii under the CARES Act. This federal …

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TAXWatch: Money Laying Around?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. D uring this period of emergency and with our State facing revenue shortfalls of Brobdingnagian proportions, the State Auditor has been busy at work trying to find options for legislators to consider for getting the state budget back on …

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TAXWatch: Government in the Darkness

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. P reviously in this space, we spoke of various laws that were suspended by the Governor’s emergency proclamations.  In a press release on March 17, 2020, entitled “Democracy Still Matters in Time of Pandemic,” the watchdog group Common Cause …

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TAXWatch: Crossing the Rubicon Into Tax Suspension

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I n an article in this space just a couple of weeks ago, we growled and grumbled about the possibility that our Governor, having already suspended laws and chapters in the Hawaii Revised Statutes in a listing seventeen pages …

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TAXWatch: Do Laws Still Apply?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. H ere we are, still amid the COVID-19 emergency, and there appears to be some confusion over what laws still apply.  The Governor and Mayors have put out orders using emergency authority, and the Governor has suspended many laws. …

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TAXWatch: Can the Governor Raise Taxes Now?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. “Governor Ige has emergency powers,” one alert reader said.  “Can he raise our taxes by himself?” The answer appears to be “no, but.” The Governor’s emergency powers relating to enforcement of existing laws are in Hawaii Revised Statutes chapter …

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TAXWatch: Taxing Medical Practice to Death

The opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints expressed by the various authors on this web site do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs, and viewpoints of the MAUIWatch Community Network B y now everyone knows that we’re in a state of emergency.  There’s a virus spreading through the population and killing people.  There’s no vaccine, and no confirmed effective therapy such as …

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TAXWatch: And We Aren’t Moving People Around Because?

O n March 5, our Governor issued a Proclamation declaring our current state of emergency.  The proclamation suspends several laws, including chapters 89 and 89C, HRS, relating to collective bargaining and public officers and employees excluded from collective bargaining, to the extent necessary to, among other things, “provide for the interchange of personnel, by detail, transfer, or otherwise, between agencies …

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TAXWatch: Worst Return on Investment. Again.

R ecently, the online site WalletHub published a 50-state study called “2020’s States with the Best & Worst Taxpayer ROI.”  ROI, of course, is the acronym for “Return on Investment.” The site derived its ranking by comparing two variables:  total taxes paid per capita, and overall government services. Total taxes paid per capita was a fairly straightforward calculation.  The authors …

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TAXWatch: Lead. Grant relief. Don’t take more. Please.

W e are in trying times now, folks.  Much of the state is closed. The Capitol and many government offices, including the Department of Taxation, are locked down.  People are working remotely when they can, and we are too. In the middle of all of this, our Governor is telling people not to come to Hawaii.  That may be certainly …

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