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After Puerto Rico’s collapse, is your city or state next?

By   /  June 6, 2016  /  Connecticut, Hawaii, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, News, Pensions, State Budgets, State Government, Texas  /  No Comments

TREASURELESS ISLAND: Puerto Rico faces empty coffers, heavy debts, and a dwindling ability to pay.

With short-term budget troubles and colossal long-term debt, Kentucky, Illinois, New Jersey, Massachusetts, and Connecticut, in particular, are much closer to the basket case economic condition of the Caribbean territory on the Mercatus fiscal health index than they are to states such as Texas, Missouri, Florida, or Nebraska, where budgets are balanced and public pension systems may yet be salvaged.

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Internet tax ban could offer relief for Hawaii businesses

By   /  December 14, 2015  /  Hawaii, News, Taxes, Technology  /  No Comments

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Favored by telcos and free market groups as a pro-consumer move, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act (PITFA), would solidify a temporary moratorium already in place in many states across the nation since 1998.

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Hawaii’s health care collapse a bad omen for state Obamacare exchanges

By   /  May 19, 2015  /  Hawaii, National, News, Vermont  /  No Comments

Courtesy of State of Hawaii

The collapse of Hawaii’s state-run health exchange has observers wondering which other beleaguered exchanges could be next to fail.

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Hawaii Obamacare exchange projected to be financially viable — in 2022

By   /  January 16, 2015  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Health Connector

Hawaii’s Obamacare exchange, Hawaii Health Connector, has been under fire for being the most costly in the nation, and a new report from the Hawaii Commerce and Consumer Affairs Department shows the Connector won’t be fiscally sustainable until 2022.

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Hawaii PUC chairwoman resigns powerful position

By   /  January 13, 2015  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

IRONY: PUC Commissioner Hermina Morita, adored by environmentalists, is facing fines for violating Hawaii conservation and zoning laws

Hermina Morita, who chaired the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission, has resigned.

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Obama’s Hawaii vacation is over, now it’s time for taxpayers to pay massive tab

By   /  January 9, 2015  /  Hawaii, News  /  No Comments

Photo courtesy Hawaii Reporter

President Barack Obama and his family just spent their Christmas and New Year’s holidays in Kailua. Now it’s time for taxpayers to pick up the tab.

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