Tax Foundation of Hawaii: What really is a minimum wage?

Happy New Year! It’s now 2020 and talk already has begun about raising our minimum wage. $10.10 an hour is not a living wage, some say, so we should be hoisting our minimum wage to say $15 or $17, which some say is the minimum required to make ends meet here in Hawaii assuming you are working 40 hours a week.

Tax Foundation of Hawaii: Cooling the schools: the reality

It wasn’t long ago that, in response to numerous complaints of students sweltering in their classrooms, Gov. David Ige proclaimed that he would commit $100 million to cool 1,000 classrooms. At the end of the 2016 legislative session, he signed Act 47 of 2016 appropriating the funds to the Department of Education (DOE), and in 2018 he trumpeted this accomplishment during his re-election campaign.

Tax Foundation of Hawaii: 91 hours in a work week?

Recently, the website, a financial literacy website with interesting visualizations about various financial topics, came out with a comparison called, “This is How Long You Need to Work to Live Comfortably in Every State.”

Tax Foundation of Hawaii: ‘Piling on’ to transient vacation rentals

Piling on, for those of you who aren’t football fans, happens when a player or group of players jump on top of a runner who already has been tackled, just to make sure the runner is not going anywhere. The tackling team can get no advantage from piling on, and injuries can and often do result from the pile-up, so piling on is against the rules at nearly every level of competition.

Tax Foundation of Hawaii: Wealth is a sin?

A recent op-ed column in Real Clear Politics by Scott Hodge, president of the national Tax Foundation (not related to the Tax Foundation of Hawaii although the names are similar) brought up some interesting ideas, spurred by the announced plans of Democratic presidential candidates Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders to enact a tax on wealth.