Guest Contributor

Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Labor Agreements Are Confusing Efforts To Balance The Budget Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Labor Agreements Are Confusing Efforts To Balance The Budget

We need clarity on whether the suspension of collective bargaining is valid so the fight over furloughs can be decided.

Tom Yamachika: Why Are Some Landlords Refusing COVID Funds? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why Are Some Landlords Refusing COVID Funds?

They apparently want to continue flying under the GET radar. That’s wrong.

Tom Yamachika: Beware Businesses Flying Under The Radar Flickr: Ron Reiring

Tom Yamachika: Beware Businesses Flying Under The Radar

Some non-Hawaii-based companies are sending solicitations to Hawaii-based companies.

Tom Yamachika: Eighth Amendment Protects Us From Massive Tax Penalties Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Eighth Amendment Protects Us From Massive Tax Penalties

If taxpayers face a situation with excessive or ruinous penalties, some push back is possible.

Tom Yamachika: The State Lacks A Standard On Spending

Tom Yamachika: The State Lacks A Standard On Spending

There is no real oversight over the $800-plus million in appropriated and non-appropriated federal funds.

Tom Yamachika: Why Doesn’t The State Know How Much Money It Has?

Tom Yamachika: Why Doesn’t The State Know How Much Money It Has?

The state has special funds that are sitting idle and holding hundreds of millions of dollars.

Tom Yamachika: A Ham-Fisted Way Of Getting Folks Back To Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: A Ham-Fisted Way Of Getting Folks Back To Work

Should hotels really be forced by government to rehire employees laid off due to the pandemic?

Tom Yamachika: Someone Listened To My Howl In The Woods Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Someone Listened To My Howl In The Woods

Was it the governor’s intent all along to suspend the procurement code only where the pandemic emergency required quick action?

Tom Yamachika: Making Up For Budget Shortfalls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Making Up For Budget Shortfalls

Expect the Hawaii Legislature to be flooded with revenue enhancement proposals.