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TAXWatch: A Ham-Fisted Way of Getting Folks Back to Work

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. H ere in the City and County of Honolulu, lots of people are out of work, especially in the hospitality industry.  At some point the economy will reopen, and people will start occupying hotels again.  Then, according to a …

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TAXWatch: Someone Was Listening to the Howl in the Woods

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. H ere at the Tax Foundation, we watch our state government, and we howl a lot.  Often, we don’t know if our message is being heard, or if it’s being taken seriously. A few weeks ago, we complained that …

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TAXWatch: Making Up for Budget Shortfalls

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. L et’s first start by stating the obvious.  We’re in trouble. According to the latest forecasts put out by our Council on Revenues, we have a state budget hole of more than 2 billion dollars. This has to be …

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TAXWatch: Pulling Teeth at OHA

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I magine that you wake up one day to an awful toothache, and you march into your dentist’s office.   But then your dentist says, “Well, you tell me your tooth hurts, but can you prove that you have a …

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TAXWatch: Academic Leadership

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. R ecently, the University of Hawaii announced that it was going to take steps to combat the anticipated budget shortfall caused by our economic shutdown and the consequent drop in tax revenues. Effective November 1, it will be paying …

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TAXWatch: Standardless Spending

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. W e are feverishly trying to spend federal dollars for the common good and busily preparing for a historic election.  There are, however, other huge projects in the wings where government agencies are setting up to spend record-setting amounts …

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TAXWatch: Veto of the ‘Revolving Door’ Bill

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. O n September 15, Governor Ige released his final list of bills he is vetoing from the 2020 legislative session.  The list included House Bill 2124, which some people have called the “Revolving Door Bill.” Currently, the State Ethics …

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TAXWatch: State Auditor’s Review of GET Exemptions and Exclusions

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. I n 2016, lawmakers came up with a law requiring the State Auditor to review exemptions, exclusions, and credits in the general excise, public service company, and insurance premium taxes.  Under the terms of the law, HRS section 23-71, …

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TAXWatch: So Do We Have Contact Tracers?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. L ast week we discussed contact tracers, the people at the Department of Health who are supposed to follow up with COVID-19 positive patients and trace their contacts in order to either find their sources of infection or at …

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TAXWatch: Case of the Missing Contact Tracer Millions

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. T he story you are about to read is true.  The names have not been changed to protect the innocent.  This is the city:  Honolulu, Hawaii.  I live here.  I’m a doggie. This is the Case of the Missing …

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