The bar at Hanalei Dolphin hadn’t changed in more than 20 years, though a restaurant and sushi bar grew up around it. Fridges that were just a bit too small, counter space that was a little cramped — bartenders worked around those minor inconveniences until a major inconvenience came along and changed everything.
Those of us who are getting along in years may remember the “general income tax credit,” a line on our state income tax return where we could claim a $1 credit. The saga of this credit tells us a little about a bold move undertaken in the 1978 Constitutional Convention and our lawmakers’ reaction, which was to beat it into insignificance within a couple of years.
Lots of the controversy swirling around the ballot measure seeking to impose a “surcharge” on investment property to support public education involves our Department of Education. The DOE currently receives an appropriation from the state’s general fund of about $2 billion and is also able to pull from other funding sources such as federal funds.