Guest Contributor

Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: What Really Is A Minimum Wage? Flickr: Pictures of Money

Tom Yamachika: What Really Is A Minimum Wage?

And what does it mean when some argue for a “living wage”?

Tom Yamachika: The Reality Of Cooling Our Schools Suevon Lee/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The Reality Of Cooling Our Schools

Hawaii has spent a massive amount of money on the problem but achieved questionable results.

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Ignore Red Flags In OHA Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Ignore Red Flags In OHA Audit

The report should be shared with law enforcement authorities to see whether any of the conduct rises to the criminal level.

Tom Yamachika: Do Hawaii Folks Really Work 91 Hours A Week?

Tom Yamachika: Do Hawaii Folks Really Work 91 Hours A Week?

A new study’s methodology is skewered, but our cost of living in general and housing in particular are certainly out of reach for many.

Tom Yamachika: Honolulu Piles On Transient Vacation Rentals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Honolulu Piles On Transient Vacation Rentals

Updated 12/16/19: Bill 55 would classify bed and breakfast homes and similar units as “hotels and resorts” for property tax purposes.

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Should Stop Taxing Transportation Flickr: Steve Jurvetson

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Should Stop Taxing Transportation

Air and ground travel industries would then compete on a more level playing field, helping consumers.

Tom Yamachika: Here’s $281M In Federal Money We Haven’t Spent Flickr: Andrew Magill

Tom Yamachika: Here’s $281M In Federal Money We Haven’t Spent

Hawaii consistently underutilizes Temporary Assistance for Needy Families funds. Why?

Tom Yamachika: Since When Is Wealth A Sin? Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Tom Yamachika: Since When Is Wealth A Sin?

Be very careful to evaluate the consequences of a tax on the rich before implementing one in Hawaii.

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Region

Tom Yamachika: Why Hawaii Needs An Effective Invasive Species Inspection Fee

Hawaii must catch and eliminate the harmful creatures regardless of the means by which they hitchhike to our state.

Tom Yamachika: The Strange Case of Bank of America

Tom Yamachika: The Strange Case of Bank of America

A “real mess” involving loans, DHHL, the governor and the counties.

Tom Yamachika: If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now … Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: If Housing Costs in Honolulu Are Bad Now …

Just think how expensive homes will be if the City Council approves new mandates.

Tom Yamachika: Why People Are Taking Their Business Elsewhere Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why People Are Taking Their Business Elsewhere

When government squeezes too hard with taxes and regulations, people will vote with their feet.