Issues

Whither the Resort Fee?

This week we will be talking about “resort fees.” In recent years, a number of hotels, including many in Hawaii, have been adding them to hotel bills. The hotels say that it’s for access to the gym, pool, or Wi-Fi network, for example. But the fee is charged whether...

Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of...