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.
In a recent hearing in the Honolulu City Council’s Budget Committee, council leaders say that they might have found a “magic bullet” — one that they say will get the city’s share of rail funding done painlessly.
This November, voters throughout the state will be given the opportunity to vote on a constitutional amendment, brought forward by Senate Bill 2922, supposedly to fund primary school education.
In last week’s article, I said we should look forward to lots of surprises as lawmakers press forward with our legislative session with techniques such as “Gut and Replace” to give our legislative bills content that doesn’t at all resemble what they previously looked like. Here are some that we have seen so far: