Guest Contributor

Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Worst For Return On Investment. Again Flickr: www.gotcredit.com

Tom Yamachika: Hawaii Worst For Return On Investment. Again

Is it possible that corruption, favoritism and labor negotiations are factors?

Tom Yamachika: Now’s Not The Time To Raise Taxes And Fees Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Now’s Not The Time To Raise Taxes And Fees

It will put a damper on the Hawaii economy when we should instead be doing everything to support it.

Tom Yamachika: Green Fees, But Not The Golfing Kind Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Green Fees, But Not The Golfing Kind

The Legislature is proposing another tax on visitors to Hawaii. How unfortunate.

Tom Yamachika: How ‘Just a Technical Change’ To Hotel Tax Might Prove Costly Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: How ‘Just a Technical Change’ To Hotel Tax Might Prove Costly

Hawaii lawmakers are looking to assign personal liability on company officials for late transient accommodation tax payments.

Tom Yamachika: Look Out For Proposed ‘State Improvement’ Surcharge Flickr: Daniel Ramirez

Tom Yamachika: Look Out For Proposed ‘State Improvement’ Surcharge

It’ll be half a percent for five years at least, and it could have more ornaments than a Christmas tree.

Tom Yamachika: Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid! Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Do You Buy Fuel? Then Be Very Afraid!

Hawaii lawmakers are proposing a carbon tax to replace the barrel tax.

Tom Yamachika: The ‘Flipping Surcharge’ And Other Housing Solutions Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The ‘Flipping Surcharge’ And Other Housing Solutions

When the Hawaii Legislature is in session it’s always best to brace oneself for more tax proposals.

Tom Yamachika: The ConAm Returns Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: The ConAm Returns

The Hawaii Legislature is considering a constitutional amendment on real property taxes.

Tom Yamachika: Why Do Lawmakers Want More Special Funds? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why Do Lawmakers Want More Special Funds?

It’s unfortunate that they do, because that makes it easy to lose track of where our money goes.

Tom Yamachika: Why Is OHA Resisting The State Auditor? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why Is OHA Resisting The State Auditor?

No government official has the authority to create a fiefdom unaccountable to the rest of government.

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Be Duped Into Paying Double Taxes Flickr: Phillip Ingham

Tom Yamachika: Don’t Be Duped Into Paying Double Taxes

If you buy from a business that must pay the GET, you don’t have to also pay the use tax on purchases.

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”?