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TAXWatch: Don’t Give Me Back Rent, I Want to Continue Hiding from Tax

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. D evelopments during this COVID crisis have brought out tax scofflaws in some of the most unexpected ways. The state has established a Rent Relief and Housing Assistance Program to help people affected by the pandemic make their rent …

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TAXWatch: Business Entity Registration Scam

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. R ecently, our Department of Commerce & Consumer Affairs (DCCA) reminded people of a news release. The release was directed to anyone in Hawaii that owns or has control of an entity (such as a corporation, partnership, or LLC). …

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TAXWatch: Tale of the Tape

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. W hen we analyze how well, or how poorly, our economy is faring in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and then try to craft appropriate corrective action, we often hear the buzzword “data-driven.”   ”Data-driven,” in general terms, means we …

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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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