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More taxes not a cure More taxes not a cure

More taxes not a cure

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

#AuditTheRail, now more than ever #AuditTheRail, now more than ever

#AuditTheRail, now more than ever

Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit

Why we joined the 'surcharge' lawsuit

Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Hawaii union law potentially unconstitutional

Stop digging deeper pension debt Stop digging deeper pension debt

Stop digging deeper pension debt

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

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More taxes not a cure

More taxes not a cure

When even a Hawaii Supreme Court Justice isn’t sure who is supposed to pay a new tax, you know you have a confusing ballot measure. On Thursday, Hawaii’s highest court heard the counties’ arguments against the wording of the proposed state constitutional amendment...

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

Hawaii public teachers’ salaries misrepresented

This column was originally featured in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser on Wednesday, Oct. 17. This version includes the charts and footnotes. A widely cited study issued last month by WalletHub erroneously stated that Hawaii public school teachers make a starting salary...

#AuditTheRail, now more than ever

#AuditTheRail, now more than ever

A few years ago, I did an interview for our “E Hana Kakou” show with LaVonda Atkinson, a cost engineer and whistleblower on a San Francisco project that extended part of that city’s existing subway by two miles — “at a billion dollars a mile.” After looking over the...

Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Case, Cavasso agree on updating Jones Act

Democrat and Republican candidates say they would reform Jones Act, if elected  HONOLULU, Oct. 10, 2018 >> Both of the leading candidates seeking to represent Hawaii’s Congressional District 1 in the U.S. House of Representatives, Democrat Ed Case and Republican Cam...

Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit

Why we joined the ‘surcharge’ lawsuit

Shakespeare said that a rose by any other name would smell as sweet — proof that he wasn’t a lawyer … or a politician. Either of them would tell you that a “surcharge” smells a lot better to voters than a “tax.” And that’s one of the problems with the ballot measure...

Stop digging deeper pension debt

Stop digging deeper pension debt

They call it the first law of holes, and the principle is simple: When you’re in a hole, stop digging. If only we could apply this to Hawaii’s public pension crisis. When it comes to the state’s unfunded pension liabilities, there’s broad agreement that it’s a...

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

Maui County should welcome vacation rentals

The following article was originally featured Sept. 25, 2018, in The Maui News. Maui County policymakers have typically decried short-term rentals that are unpermitted. But rather than erect significant barriers to their operation — including a limit on their numbers...

No way new tax won’t cost us

No way new tax won’t cost us

Of all the questions that surround the Nov. 6  “education tax” ballot measure, the most important may be the one that has been asked the least: How much? How much is this going to cost me personally? How much will it cost our economy? How much is the tax going to be?...