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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: We Should Do More To Encourage Retirement Savings Flickr: Investment Zen

Tom Yamachika: We Should Do More To Encourage Retirement Savings

As a policy matter, we should give employers incentives to put something away for employees, just like parents do for their kids.

Tom Yamachika: If You’re Still Paying ‘Use Tax’ on These Purchases, Stop DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: If You’re Still Paying ‘Use Tax’ on These Purchases, Stop

More and more online retailers are already charging you a tax on your purchases, so don’t assume they haven’t.

Tom Yamachika: One Man’s Fight Against Hawaii’s Tax Department Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: One Man’s Fight Against Hawaii’s Tax Department

Why we should care about this important lawsuit and the bills that a state agency lobbies for.

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Harbors Soak Taxpayers, Again And Again

A state agency wants to hike dockage and port entry fees several times through 2021.

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Let Your Legislators Forget About You

If public participation is limited or barred, those doing the governing become no different than tyrants.

Tom Yamachika: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Heads We Win, Tails You Lose

There may be a serious legal flaw in Hawaii’s new rail-funding law.

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 3 Island Truss

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 3

The state Department of Hawaiian Home Lands is exempt from the Central Services Skim. But should it be?

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 2 Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 2

There are more loopholes in Central Services Skim obligations than a Swiss cheese.

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 1 Eugene Tanner/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The Grand Skim Of Things, Part 1

Rules on taking 5 percent from state special funds for other purposes are needed for clarity and consistency.

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Pay People Just For Being Alive? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Want To Pay People Just For Being Alive?

Beware of the attraction to universal basic income, which Hawaii would struggle to provide.

New State Tax Credit Is Temporary — But We Know How That Goes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

New State Tax Credit Is Temporary — But We Know How That Goes

Hawaii’s Earned Income Tax Credit is intended to help the middle class, but implementing and administering it could prove problematic.

Tom Yamachika: Issuing Bonds For Rail Increases City’s Liability Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Issuing Bonds For Rail Increases City’s Liability

There are a lot of questions about how money is being spent on the rail project, and using bonds raises the stakes for transparency.