The ongoing furor in Honolulu over the extent to which the rail project is adequately funded, or lack thereof, and the possibility of new state-mandated property taxes to fund education, lead us to look at how we can or should make property tax classifications.
A little over 20 years ago, on May 6, 1998, then-Maui Mayor Linda Lingle was speaking to a group of business leaders from the Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Before the meeting, she was told that she could speak on anything she wanted to, but was specifically told not to criticize any specific person in government.
If I am a business, or even a nonprofit, in Hawaii, and I want to hire paid staff, there are all kinds of things to consider.
The Supreme Court of the United States today decided Wayfair, Inc. v. South Dakota, and held that “physical presence” is not necessary before states can validly apply their taxing powers to businesses that have neither persons nor property in a state but nevertheless conduct substantial business in that State.
Recently, State Auditor Les Kondo shocked the public and some Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) board members when he charged, at a HART board meeting, that HART employees had been required to record all interviews with State Auditor personnel and then submit the recordings to management to be transcribed.