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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Hospital Severance Plan Imperils Retirement System

The IRS says the governor was right: A bill to help workers at hospitals getting privatized could affect all ERS beneficiaries.

Tom Yamachika: Carnival Just One Of The Casualties When Harbor Fees Rise Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Carnival Just One Of The Casualties When Harbor Fees Rise

Wharfage fees charged by the state have gone up dramatically, with more increases planned. This raises costs for everyone.

Tom Yamachika: Sorting Out Tax Exemptions, Deductions And Credits www.LendingMemo.com

Tom Yamachika: Sorting Out Tax Exemptions, Deductions And Credits

You might want to review the differences before you put the finishing touches on your tax returns.

Tom Yamachika: Overhaul Of Taxes Still Alive In Legislature DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: Overhaul Of Taxes Still Alive In Legislature

An integrated approach to tax reform is interesting and thoughtful — and still on the table.

Tom Yamachika: Bills Push For ‘Obamacare Heavy’ In Hawaii Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Bills Push For ‘Obamacare Heavy’ In Hawaii

The Affordable Care Act is endangered in Washington, prompting misguided efforts to preserve it in the islands.

Tom Yamachika: Honolulu Rail Bill Morphs Into A Monster PF Bentley/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Honolulu Rail Bill Morphs Into A Monster

Bailing out the transportation project is one of innumerable proposals in the Legislature to raise taxes. Hold onto your wallet.

Tom Yamachika: Are We Going Too Far With Financial Disclosure Rules? DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: Are We Going Too Far With Financial Disclosure Rules?

Hawaii lost a lot of board and commission members when it passed new restrictions in 2014. Now a proposal targets presidential candidates.

Tom Yamachika: With ‘Surplus’ Gone, Taxpayers Should Hold Onto Wallets

State lawmakers will be under pressure to come up with a lot of money next session, and they may be coming for more of yours.

Tom Yamachika: To Aid Homeless, Only A Coordinated Effort Will Do Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: To Aid Homeless, Only A Coordinated Effort Will Do

But government coordination is hard to find. Just look at our tax system’s efforts to fight poverty.

Tom Yamachika: What The Trump Tax Shake-Up May Mean For Hawaii DonkeyHotey/flickr.com

Tom Yamachika: What The Trump Tax Shake-Up May Mean For Hawaii

With the GOP election sweep, federal tax reform could really happen next year. Then the focus would switch to state legislatures in 2017.

Tom Yamachika: Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense? Nanea Kalani/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Do Some Benefits For State Retirees Still Make Sense?

We need to be seriously thinking about a meaningful reform of what we promise our state workers after retirement.

Tom Yamachika: Must We Raise Property Taxes To Save The Zoo? Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Must We Raise Property Taxes To Save The Zoo?

Proposed Honolulu Charter Amendent 9 may be an overreaction to the zoo’s loss of accreditation.