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Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
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”?

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.