Pupu Platter 196: Questions on teacher tax

Schooling, Taxing Teachers are coming after property taxes again. In 2018, this took the form of a ballot question in the general election, seeking the public’s permission to levy a property tax on real estate investment properties. The Hawaii s.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsFeb 14th, 2020

Pupu Platter 220: Shutdowns continue in Hawaii

Goalposts on wheels Seems like only yesterday Gov. David Ige was reminding us to expect case counts to increase as states reopen, including Hawaii, that it is unavoidable that case counts will go up. Then case counts increased. Then Ige extended the.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsJul 16th, 2020

Pupu Platter 217: Legal challenges intensify on Covid-19

More lawsuit news Last week I mentioned a lawsuit filed by Hawaii residents, represented by The Attorneys for Freedom Law Firm, challenging the constitutionality of Gov. David Ige’s emergency proclamations and, more importantly, his rules is.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytJun 25th, 2020

Pupu Platter 215: Hawaii"s lockdown reverberations

A big question My thanks to Grassroot Institute of Hawaii and its president, Dr. Keli‘i Akina, for featuring me in a one-hour webcast last Friday. You can see the interview in its entirety, or read a transcript, at grassrootinstitute.or.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsJun 11th, 2020

Pupu Platter: How much to worry about coronavirus in Hawaii?

What, me worry? I have no idea how much to worry about coronavirus. On one hand, I’m pretty confident that the Chinese government is underplaying the scope of the disease. On the other hand, I’m well aware of my own industry’s tendency toward.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsFeb 14th, 2020

Pupu Platter 197: Rail"s tolls, red-light cameras, Waikiki fun

Rail’s tolls Interesting to see the City and County of Honolulu back off a proposed $772 million redevelopment of the aging Blaisdell Center, with Mayor Kirk Caldwell specifically citing the unknown costs of finishing the last four miles of rail as we.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsFeb 7th, 2020

Pupu Platter 189: Development accelerating on Kapiolani Boulevard

Next to Kuhio Avenue, I can’t think of a major street in urban Honolulu that would benefit more from a renaissance than Kapiolani Boulevard. The stretch Ewa from Piikoi has seen a lot of improvement, now, according to real estate editor Janis Ma.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsDec 6th, 2019

Pupu Platter 188: Business and Busybodies

I’m having a hard time following the logic of Civil Beat’s editorial in favor of Bill 40, which seeks to restrict single-use plastics in the food industry in Honolulu County. “Opponents have also argued that most of Hawaii’s plastic pollut.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsNov 29th, 2019

Pupu Platter 187: The last exit

We all know the cost of living in Hawaii is higher than the Mainland’s, but apparently the cost of dying is higher, too. Nearly 17% higher, according to a press release that came my way from “Honolulu funeral homes average $8,655 .....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsNov 22nd, 2019

Florida superintendents weigh in on higher teacher pay

When Gov. Ron DeSantis made a pitch this month to raise the minimum salaries of Florida public-school teachers to $47,500, questions lingered over how lawmakers would go about paying for the plan. In Florida, county school boards are responsible .....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsOct 25th, 2019

Pupu Platter 157: New road tax in the works, PBN turns 56

The state of Hawaii pays for road repairs and improvements with a gasoline tax of 16 cents per gallon. Problem is, cars are getting more fuel efficient and EVs are becoming somewhat more common, so the revenue collected at the pump is declining. (Als.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsMar 21st, 2019

Pupu Platter 149: REITs, minimum wage, and Top Gun


Category: topSource: bizjournalsJan 25th, 2019

Pupu Platter 151: Boycotts are the new normal

Used to be that corporate social responsibility consisted of setting aside some money to donate to charity. Now it’s become an all-out contest of virtue signaling, and increasingly politicized.  So it’s come to this, now that companies and c.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsFeb 7th, 2019

Market Extra: A Monday beatdown for financials is raising grim questions on Wall Street–another Fed bailout?

So much for taken the baton from technology to lead the next leg of the market's nearly unceasing march higher......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatch8 hr. 38 min. ago

NewsWatch: A Monday beatdown for financials is raising grim questions on Wall Street–another Fed bailout?

So much for taken the baton from technology to lead the next leg of the market's nearly unceasing march higher......»»

Category: topSource: marketwatch8 hr. 38 min. ago

Mark Hulbert: Can you answer all six of these simple questions?

Financial illiteracy leads to dangerous investment behavior.....»»

Category: topSource: marketwatch15 hr. 23 min. ago

Tiktok deal facing questions over security, ownership, WSJ reports

See the rest of the story here. provides the latest financial news as it breaks. Known as a leader in market intelligence, The Fl.....»»

Category: smallbizSource: nytSep 20th, 2020

Can I visit family for Thanksgiving or Christmas? Your pandemic holiday travel questions, answered

‘Unfortunately, the merriment we crave — eating, drinking and singing together in a cozy room — are among the highest-risk scenarios for transmitting COVID-19.’.....»»

Category: topSource: marketwatchSep 19th, 2020

“I hired you because you’re Black.”

Michelle Singletary has an honest conversation about affirmative action. And, we take your questions about voting this year, starting with a listener in California......»»

Category: topSource: washpostSep 18th, 2020

Kohl"s Rewards offers shoppers 5% back on every purchase and converts it to Kohl"s Cash every month — here"s everything you need to know about the new rewards program

Kohl's is introducing a replacement for its Yes2You Rewards program called Kohl's Rewards. Here are the important questions, answered. Kohl's Rewards; Alyssa Powell/Busi.....»»

Category: topSource: businessinsiderSep 18th, 2020

DNR’s guidance on PFAS remediation raises more questions than answers

On Aug. 17, 2020, the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) sent 3,038 letters to Responsible Parties (RPs) involved in cleanup at remediation sites across Wisconsin. The letter explains DNR’s interpretation of statutes and rules rela.....»»

Category: topSource: bizjournalsSep 18th, 2020