Hotel room tax a win for neighbor islands

The Hawaii House of Representatives has proposed a bill that will increase funds provided to Hawaii Island from the transient accommodations tax (TAT), called the hotel room tax, totaling more than $12 million.

No such thing as bad publicity

In the early days of movies it was thought that the promiscuity, misogyny, alcoholism and drug abuse of the stars was best kept a secret. It turned out that as Jack Warner said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity.” Good or bad, name recognition drove ticket sales and profits. Now it works in politics, too. Publicity equals votes.