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‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane

Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers in the islands — thus harming local consumers and businesses trying to keep up with the ever-continuing advances in the broader telecommunications world.

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Shield internet from Jones Act

It might be hard to believe, but Hawaii’s internet system (and, indeed, all U.S. internet cable systems) are highly dependent on not being subject to the protectionist shipping law known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act, officially the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that requires

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‘AuditTheRail’ in Twilight Zone

The blockbuster summer entertainment last year was at the state Legislature, at which our elected officials unfortunately raised taxes to pay for Honolulu County’s rail system while yet indicating their intention to conduct an in-depth, forensic audit of the over-budget, behind-schedule megaproject. The blockbuster disappointment of that same summer was

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‘Let’s not be greedy’

Watch out for your wallet! In a classic case of imposing on the many to benefit a few, Jones Act supporters in Congress are angling to require petroleum and liquid natural gas produced in the United States be shipped on only so-called Jones Act ships. At the Jan. 17, 2018

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Red tape tally long overdue

It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly? The answer: Nobody knows. However, researchers from the Mercatus Center have embarked on a project to count by the end of this year the number of regulations in every state, and this

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Federal tax plan exposes Hawaii’s high taxes

A federal tax write-off that softened the blow for high-earning residents is set to be removed under the new Senate tax plan just signed by President Donald Trump, which could spark an exodus from Hawaii of residents who pay a significant chunk of the state’s annual tax revenues. Previously, Hawaii’s

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State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies

Reeling from a case of sticker shock, Maui County Council members considered bankruptcy last week after learning how the state’s public pension liability crisis will affect the county’s budget. From a presentation by state public pension representatives, the Council members learned that Maui County’s tax payments to the Employee Retirement

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Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization

Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies have long been blamed for many things, and delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations is definitely one of them. Repeated failures in trying to upgrade the payroll and other technology systems with which they operate has cost Hawaii taxpayers probably

Read More →

‘Net neutrality’ could keep Hawaii in slow lane

Hawaii Gov. David Ige this week signed an executive order that most likely will discourage competition and innovation among internet service providers in the islands — thus harming local consumers and businesses trying to keep up with the ever-continuing advances in the broader telecommunications world.

Read More →

Shield internet from Jones Act

It might be hard to believe, but Hawaii’s internet system (and, indeed, all U.S. internet cable systems) are highly dependent on not being subject to the protectionist shipping law known as the Jones Act. The Jones Act, officially the Merchant Marine Act of 1920, is a federal law that requires

Read More →

‘AuditTheRail’ in Twilight Zone

The blockbuster summer entertainment last year was at the state Legislature, at which our elected officials unfortunately raised taxes to pay for Honolulu County’s rail system while yet indicating their intention to conduct an in-depth, forensic audit of the over-budget, behind-schedule megaproject. The blockbuster disappointment of that same summer was

Read More →

‘Let’s not be greedy’

Watch out for your wallet! In a classic case of imposing on the many to benefit a few, Jones Act supporters in Congress are angling to require petroleum and liquid natural gas produced in the United States be shipped on only so-called Jones Act ships. At the Jan. 17, 2018

Read More →

Red tape tally long overdue

It is commonly said that Hawaii has too many government regulations, but how many regulations are there exactly? The answer: Nobody knows. However, researchers from the Mercatus Center have embarked on a project to count by the end of this year the number of regulations in every state, and this

Read More →

Federal tax plan exposes Hawaii’s high taxes

A federal tax write-off that softened the blow for high-earning residents is set to be removed under the new Senate tax plan just signed by President Donald Trump, which could spark an exodus from Hawaii of residents who pay a significant chunk of the state’s annual tax revenues. Previously, Hawaii’s

Read More →

State pension woes raise specter of county bankruptcies

Reeling from a case of sticker shock, Maui County Council members considered bankruptcy last week after learning how the state’s public pension liability crisis will affect the county’s budget. From a presentation by state public pension representatives, the Council members learned that Maui County’s tax payments to the Employee Retirement

Read More →

Bureaucracy thwarts state modernization

Hawaii’s entrenched state and county bureaucracies have long been blamed for many things, and delaying the advance of high technology into their own operations is definitely one of them. Repeated failures in trying to upgrade the payroll and other technology systems with which they operate has cost Hawaii taxpayers probably

Read More →