Guest Contributor

Tom Yamachika

Tom Yamachika is the president of the Tax Foundation of Hawaii.
Tom Yamachika: Eighth Amendment Protects Us From Massive Tax Penalties Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Eighth Amendment Protects Us From Massive Tax Penalties

If taxpayers face a situation with excessive or ruinous penalties, some push back is possible.

Tom Yamachika: The State Lacks A Standard On Spending

Tom Yamachika: The State Lacks A Standard On Spending

There is no real oversight over the $800-plus million in appropriated and non-appropriated federal funds.

Tom Yamachika: Why Doesn’t The State Know How Much Money It Has?

Tom Yamachika: Why Doesn’t The State Know How Much Money It Has?

The state has special funds that are sitting idle and holding hundreds of millions of dollars.

Tom Yamachika: A Ham-Fisted Way Of Getting Folks Back To Work Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: A Ham-Fisted Way Of Getting Folks Back To Work

Should hotels really be forced by government to rehire employees laid off due to the pandemic?

Tom Yamachika: Someone Listened To My Howl In The Woods Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Someone Listened To My Howl In The Woods

Was it the governor’s intent all along to suspend the procurement code only where the pandemic emergency required quick action?

Tom Yamachika: Making Up For Budget Shortfalls Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Making Up For Budget Shortfalls

Expect the Hawaii Legislature to be flooded with revenue enhancement proposals.

Tom Yamachika: Pulling Teeth At OHA Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Pulling Teeth At OHA

An accounting report that found “red flags” at the agency was never adequately addressed.

Tom Yamachika: Vote, But Also Vote For Strong Economic Leadership Nathan Eagle/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Vote, But Also Vote For Strong Economic Leadership

Hawaii needs good, courageous leaders to get us out of the economic mess we are in.

Tom Yamachika: Emergency Powers Keep Spending Details From Public Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Tom Yamachika: Emergency Powers Keep Spending Details From Public

The State Procurement Code and open records law have been suspended because of the pandemic.