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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: DLNR Considers Carbon Credits For East Maui DLNR

Tom Yamachika: DLNR Considers Carbon Credits For East Maui

They have nothing to do with a carbon tax, but they share the same end goal.

Tom Yamachika: The Noose Is Tightening On OHA’s LLCs Flickr: Daniel Ramirez

Tom Yamachika: The Noose Is Tightening On OHA’s LLCs

A lawsuit threatens to end a fiefdom and the shroud of secrecy surrounding it.

Tom Yamachika: Why Schools Have So Much Deferred Maintenance Lila Lee/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Why Schools Have So Much Deferred Maintenance

Projects need to go through a lengthy process involving appropriation, design, bidding and construction, but a new approach is helping.

Tom Yamachika: The Case Of The Invisible Tax Bill

Tom Yamachika: The Case Of The Invisible Tax Bill

Is House Bill 1190 a tax cut, a tax hike, or something in between? The details are left blank.

Tom Yamachika: Some Revenue Bills Already On Gov’s Desk Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Some Revenue Bills Already On Gov’s Desk

It allows the Hawaii Legislature time to override potential vetoes.

Tom Yamachika: How The Senate Aims To Raise More Cash Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: How The Senate Aims To Raise More Cash

A deeper look at Sen. Donovan Dela Cruz’s proposals to increase revenue for state coffers.

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Need A Law For Presidential Tax Returns? Flickr: Gage Skidmore

Tom Yamachika: Do We Really Need A Law For Presidential Tax Returns?

And if it’s such a great idea, let’s apply it to Hawaii executives, judges and legislators.

Tom Yamachika: Hedging The Cost And Effective Date Of Bills Is Common

Tom Yamachika: Hedging The Cost And Effective Date Of Bills Is Common

Why Hawaii lawmakers often write incomplete bills and fill in key information later.

Tom Yamachika: GET Increase Not the Answer For Public Education Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: GET Increase Not the Answer For Public Education

We need to fix the rampant inefficiencies in our school system rather than approving a hike in this regressive tax.

Tom Yamachika: Here’s Some Tips At Tax Time Flickr: Pictures of Money

Tom Yamachika: Here’s Some Tips At Tax Time

Things to keep in mind when filing tax returns for 2018.

Tom Yamachika: Lawmakers Again Considering Individual Development Accounts Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Lawmakers Again Considering Individual Development Accounts

The program can make positive differences in people’s lives and not cause massive damage to the public treasury.

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

Tom Yamachika: Squirreling Away Money At The DOT

The state agency wants to raise fees and taxes even as if fails to spend what it already has.