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What’s the real trend in Hawaii tourism?

October 10th, 2014 · 9 Comments

In a post back in August, I commented on what appear to be two conflicting views of the state of the state’s visitor industry (“Tourism: Hitting record highs or steadily declining?“). On the one side were the enthusiastic comments from the Hawaii Tourism Authority, on the other were far more sober comments from economist Paul […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Politics

Djou appears to trip on minimum wage numbers

September 26th, 2014 · 11 Comments

Hawaii Public Radio’s “Town Square” yesterday featured an hour-long live interview with GOP congressional candidate, Charles Djou. In the course of the interview, Djou estimated that all but 10-15% of minimum wage workers are teenagers, program host Beth-Ann Kozlovich commented later in a Facebook post. But she referred to a March 2014 report by the […]

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Tags: Campaigns · Economics · Labor · Politics

The impact of ultra-luxury but empty condominiums

August 30th, 2014 · 7 Comments

A comment left on a recent post about housing made an interesting point that I think is worth sharing more broadly (here’s the original post, “Looking back: The housing crisis in 1991“). Here’s an excerpt from the long comment by the reader who uses the name, “compare and decide.” One aspect of luxury condominiums that […]

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Tags: Economics · environment · Politics

Tourism: Hitting record highs or steadily declining?

August 24th, 2014 · 15 Comments

I have to admit being totally confused by the apparent conflict between two recent reports about the state of Hawaii’s visitor industry. This morning’s Star-Advertiser reports that tourism officials are looking to “extend record-setting visitor numbers” achieved over the past few years (“Tourism officials aim higher“). Reporter Allison Schaefers tells us: Hawaii Tourism Authority board […]

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Tags: Business · Economics · Media · Politics

What we can learn from the people of Troy

August 7th, 2014 · 5 Comments

Here’s an amazingly wonderful contribution to the discussion of the “no new taxes” view of the world, stemming from a battle several years ago over funding for the community library in Troy, Michigan. It has nothing to do with Iselle or Julio, the storms bearing down on the state. A professor at Penn State described […]

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Tags: Consumer issues · Economics · Politics