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Plaintiffs Ask Court to Halt Race-Based Election Immediately

Preliminary injunction filed against state’s Native Hawaiians-only nation-building The plaintiffs in the suit against the State of Hawaii and its agencies to stop the racially exclusive election and constitutional convention to establish a native Hawaiians-only nation (Keli’i Akina, et al v. The State of Hawaii, et al) have filed a

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Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem

Take a moment and look over this graph of effective tax rates in Hawaii, divided by industry. No points for guessing what type of business the government is currently trying to lure into the state. It’s almost startling. In every category except Research & Development, the effective tax rate is at

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What You Need To Know About Hawaii’s New Environmental Court

You may have heard that the Hawaii Legislature, after an intensive years-long effort by environmental groups, recently created a new court with specialized jurisdiction that could have a big impact on how property and business owners are treated by Hawaii’s courts. Known as the “Environmental Court,” this new court has

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Jones Act Opposition from the Carolinas

The Aiken Standard (Aiken, South Carolina) published a letter to the editor addressing the 2016 Federal Budget currently in process in the Congress and proposed the Jones Act should be addressed in the budget. The 2016 federal budget will be for the federal fiscal year from October 1, 2015 through

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Relativity Media: E + MC = 0

The formula in today’s title is not related to Einstein’s famous theory. Rather, it’s the story of an Existing business, always needing more cash (or more tax credits) and it now finds itself with zero and it’s in bankruptcy. You may remember Relativity Media from its efforts at the Hawaii

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PBS News Hour Reports on Puerto Rico’s Jones Act Woes

The PBS News Hour posted to their website an article by their award winning correspondent Chris Bury (formerly with ABC’s Nightline) regarding the impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico in the context of the Commonwealths financial crisis. The video story appeared on the Thursday night (August 13th) PBS

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You Can Have That Road, Alphonse … No! You Take It, Gaston!

CNBC’s recent rankings of “America’s Top States for Business” pegged Hawaii at #50 overall, despite a #1 rating for quality of life. One factor that led to Hawaii’s rock-bottom position was the condition of its roads and bridges. A big contributor to this state of affairs is that the State

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Plaintiffs Ask Court to Halt Race-Based Election Immediately

Preliminary injunction filed against state’s Native Hawaiians-only nation-building The plaintiffs in the suit against the State of Hawaii and its agencies to stop the racially exclusive election and constitutional convention to establish a native Hawaiians-only nation (Keli’i Akina, et al v. The State of Hawaii, et al) have filed a

Read More →

Manufacturing a (Tax) Problem

Take a moment and look over this graph of effective tax rates in Hawaii, divided by industry. No points for guessing what type of business the government is currently trying to lure into the state. It’s almost startling. In every category except Research & Development, the effective tax rate is at

Read More →

What You Need To Know About Hawaii’s New Environmental Court

You may have heard that the Hawaii Legislature, after an intensive years-long effort by environmental groups, recently created a new court with specialized jurisdiction that could have a big impact on how property and business owners are treated by Hawaii’s courts. Known as the “Environmental Court,” this new court has

Read More →

Jones Act Opposition from the Carolinas

The Aiken Standard (Aiken, South Carolina) published a letter to the editor addressing the 2016 Federal Budget currently in process in the Congress and proposed the Jones Act should be addressed in the budget. The 2016 federal budget will be for the federal fiscal year from October 1, 2015 through

Read More →

Relativity Media: E + MC = 0

The formula in today’s title is not related to Einstein’s famous theory. Rather, it’s the story of an Existing business, always needing more cash (or more tax credits) and it now finds itself with zero and it’s in bankruptcy. You may remember Relativity Media from its efforts at the Hawaii

Read More →

PBS News Hour Reports on Puerto Rico’s Jones Act Woes

The PBS News Hour posted to their website an article by their award winning correspondent Chris Bury (formerly with ABC’s Nightline) regarding the impact of the Jones Act on Puerto Rico in the context of the Commonwealths financial crisis. The video story appeared on the Thursday night (August 13th) PBS

Read More →

You Can Have That Road, Alphonse … No! You Take It, Gaston!

CNBC’s recent rankings of “America’s Top States for Business” pegged Hawaii at #50 overall, despite a #1 rating for quality of life. One factor that led to Hawaii’s rock-bottom position was the condition of its roads and bridges. A big contributor to this state of affairs is that the State

Read More →