Can’t you just change the agenda?

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. That’s “interference with the audit process,” he said.

Tell me about that balanced budget rule?

If you are a serious student of Hawaii constitutional law, here is a question for you. Where in our state constitution does it say we have to have a balanced budget? The answer appears later in this column.

The California stupidity fund, part 2

About three months ago, I wrote about the $10,000 limitation on deductions for state and local tax that is part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. In a nutshell, you can only deduct up to $10,000 in state and local tax. If you paid more, you get no tax deduction for the excess; not now, and not later. (This limitation applies only to non-business taxes. If you have a business and it pays taxes, such as our state GET, those taxes are still fully deductible.)

Need an entry-level job at a store? It can be harder now

NEW YORK — Asia Thomas knew she was at a disadvantage. It had been 16 years since she quit a job at McDonald’s to raise her kids. When she left, restaurants didn’t have kiosks to take orders, people didn’t use smartphones to pay, and job seekers did applications on paper.