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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of 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.

Tom Yamachika: A New Take On The Jones Act Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: A New Take On The Jones Act

The points made in a UHERO study merit further discussion among policymakers in Hawaii and nationally.

Tom Yamachika: The Kauai Prosecutor’s Unusual Driving Offense Policy Luke Evslin

Tom Yamachika: The Kauai Prosecutor’s Unusual Driving Offense Policy

Justin Kollar says he will prosecute all such cases as first-time offenders regardless of prior records.

Tom Yamachika: Is Withholding The Root Of All Evil? Flickr

Tom Yamachika: Is Withholding The Root Of All Evil?

A new state law requires partnerships, estates, and trusts to withhold on income distributed to nonresidents.

Tom Yamachika: Veil Of Secrecy Cloaks Revenue Estimates

Tom Yamachika: Veil Of Secrecy Cloaks Revenue Estimates

Shouldn’t Hawaii taxpayers be able to see what they paid for?

Tom Yamachika: About That Special Land And Development Fund

Tom Yamachika: About That Special Land And Development Fund

Why was the DLNR so upset with a recent state audit of the use of rent revenue?

Tom Yamachika: So What Really Is A Resort Fee? Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: So What Really Is A Resort Fee?

A new law year clarifies that “mandatory” resort fees are subject to the hotel tax.

Tom Yamachika: Do We Have A Legitimate Government? Flickr: Sheree Zielke

Tom Yamachika: Do We Have A Legitimate Government?

It depends on whether it comes from the consent of those governed. In Hawaii’s case, there was consent.

Tom Yamachika: The Tax On Ghost Homes Flickr: miguelb

Tom Yamachika: The Tax On Ghost Homes

If the vacant homes tax ends up to be 4% or 5%, people will want to avoid the tax.