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How Sustainable is the State General Fund – FY 2014-21?

by Paul Harleman On September 17th, 2014, the Senate Minority Research Office published an article[1] that raised serious questions regarding the financial sustainability of the state’s general fund. The article projected that the state would have depleted its general fund cash reserves as early as FY 2016, if no major

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A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too

A couple of months ago we were talking about “tax cliffs.” These apply where a taxpayer makes a dollar more of income, or value, then the tax amount jumps far more than that one dollar. We looked at the City and County of Honolulu’s “Residential A” classification, where a property

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Would better funding for OIP improve transparency?

In 2012, a 50 state survey of government integrity graded each state on how vulnerable it was to corruption. The criteria included separate evaluations on a number of issues, from internal auditing to political financing and various accountability provisions. One of the most telling grades came under the heading of

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End Run Around Nexus

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases with another one from Colorado. Colorado imposes a sales and use tax similar to Hawaii. Not all sales to Colorado consumers are subject to Colorado sales tax, because the U.S. Constitution says that if a seller doesn’t have “substantial nexus”

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Federalist Society Asks “Is the Akaka Bill Back?”

One of the important roles that the Grassroot Institute plays in opposing the creation of a Native Hawaiian tribe is in promoting discussion and interest in the issue–especially on the mainland, where issues that are important to Hawaii can sometimes be overlooked. As a result, awareness of the problems inherent

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Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go

Regardless of party, most Hawaii policymakers will acknowledge that the state’s unfunded liabilities must be addressed. And there have been some efforts to do so. The state has been increasing its contributions, attempting to reach the point where the pension fund is considered healthy (at least 80% funded). Unfortunately, it’s a

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Hawaii Ranks 47th in Small Business Friendliness

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the nation when it comes to policies that are friendly to small business according to a recent study by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. The state ranked 47th overall with

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How Sustainable is the State General Fund – FY 2014-21?

by Paul Harleman On September 17th, 2014, the Senate Minority Research Office published an article[1] that raised serious questions regarding the financial sustainability of the state’s general fund. The article projected that the state would have depleted its general fund cash reserves as early as FY 2016, if no major

Read More →

A Cliff in Hawaii Income Tax, Too

A couple of months ago we were talking about “tax cliffs.” These apply where a taxpayer makes a dollar more of income, or value, then the tax amount jumps far more than that one dollar. We looked at the City and County of Honolulu’s “Residential A” classification, where a property

Read More →

Would better funding for OIP improve transparency?

In 2012, a 50 state survey of government integrity graded each state on how vulnerable it was to corruption. The criteria included separate evaluations on a number of issues, from internal auditing to political financing and various accountability provisions. One of the most telling grades came under the heading of

Read More →

End Run Around Nexus

We continue our series of pending U.S. Supreme Court cases with another one from Colorado. Colorado imposes a sales and use tax similar to Hawaii. Not all sales to Colorado consumers are subject to Colorado sales tax, because the U.S. Constitution says that if a seller doesn’t have “substantial nexus”

Read More →

Federalist Society Asks “Is the Akaka Bill Back?”

One of the important roles that the Grassroot Institute plays in opposing the creation of a Native Hawaiian tribe is in promoting discussion and interest in the issue–especially on the mainland, where issues that are important to Hawaii can sometimes be overlooked. As a result, awareness of the problems inherent

Read More →

Hawaii is Addressing Liabilities, but There’s a Long Way to Go

Regardless of party, most Hawaii policymakers will acknowledge that the state’s unfunded liabilities must be addressed. And there have been some efforts to do so. The state has been increasing its contributions, attempting to reach the point where the pension fund is considered healthy (at least 80% funded). Unfortunately, it’s a

Read More →

Hawaii Ranks 47th in Small Business Friendliness

Low Ranking on Small Business Policy Index Points to Need for Economic Reform Hawaii is the fourth-worst state in the nation when it comes to policies that are friendly to small business according to a recent study by the Small Business and Entrepreneurship Council. The state ranked 47th overall with

Read More →