Opinion

TAXWatch: Damn the Tax Clearances, Full Speed Ahead!

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. S everal articles in this space have been about features in Governor Ige’s emergency proclamations.  We are now on the tenth one and counting, which makes us wonder about the 60-day limit written into the emergency powers statutes (see …

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TAXWatch: Pitfalls of the Subcontractor Deduction

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. This week we’ll look at another general excise tax exemption that the State Auditor has put under the microscope in Report No. 20-05. It affects the construction industry, and the price tag the Auditor put on it, based on 2018 …

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TAXWatch: The Giant Sucking Sound

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. Y ou may remember back in the 1992 U.S. Presidential campaign, independent businessman and candidate Ross Perot argued, on live TV:  “We have got to stop sending jobs overseas. It’s pretty simple: If … you can move your factory …

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TAXWatch: Is Our GET Too Soft on Sales to the Feds?

The opinions and information expressed in the Community Viewpoint are solely those of the authors and not the MAUIWatch Community Network. Our Legislature will be reopening soon, and some lawmakers are undoubtedly thinking of ways to make our budget balance because the grim reality is that much of our economic engine has ground to a halt and is no longer spinning out …

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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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