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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Finding The Magic Bullet For Rail Costs Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Finding The Magic Bullet For Rail Costs

Honolulu needs to cover $44 million in administrative costs for rail for 2018 and 2019.

Tom Yamachika: Reactionary Reaction To Resort Fees Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Reactionary Reaction To Resort Fees

The Hawaii Legislature seems to want to tax most everything a hotel has to offer.

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Let The Tax Genie Out Of The Bottle? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Let The Tax Genie Out Of The Bottle?

The teachers union got smart this year and pushed for an education tax measure that didn’t include specific numbers.

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers Flickr: Docking Bay 93

Tom Yamachika: Bills Transform Like Mighty Morphin Power Rangers

The Hawaii Legislature proposes new drafts to bills with no public notice and allows no testimony.

Tom Yamachika: Legislature Wants To Jack Up Estate Taxes Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Legislature Wants To Jack Up Estate Taxes

A bill as currently drafted would add a new top tax rate of 20 percent to be applied to Hawaii’s taxable estates over $10 million.

Tom Yamachika: Can OHA Managers Avoid Their Responsibilities With LLCs? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Can OHA Managers Avoid Their Responsibilities With LLCs?

Someone is thumbing their nose at the Office of Hawaiian Affairs Board of Trustees.

Tom Yamachika: Financial Planning For A $200M Per Year Deficit? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Financial Planning For A $200M Per Year Deficit?

The state budget is hard enough to understand without gimmicks. Let’s have a real financial plan and honest debate.

Tom Yamachika: The California Stupidity Fund Flicker: Jeff Turner

Tom Yamachika: The California Stupidity Fund

The Golden State is trying to enact a workaround for the Trump tax cut, and some Hawaii lawmakers are considering similar legislation.

Tom Yamachika: Ige Should Act On Federal Tax Reform Opportunity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Ige Should Act On Federal Tax Reform Opportunity

A deadline nears for Hawaii’s governor to act on “qualified opportunity zones.”

Tom Yamachika: ‘Groundhog Day’ At The Hawaii State Senate Flickr

Tom Yamachika: ‘Groundhog Day’ At The Hawaii State Senate

Testifying on a familiar bill on the very same tax provision, seeking to do the very same thing as an earlier bill.

Tom Yamachika: Why Ige Wants $50M More For Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why Ige Wants $50M More For Budget

Hawaii’s large unfunded liability items demand vision and leadership.

Tom Yamachika: A Penny For Education? Flickr: cweyant

Tom Yamachika: A Penny For Education?

Let’s make sure there are proper controls and oversight before plopping cash in the Hawaii Department of Education’s budget.