The Conversation: Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

Apr 11, 2017

Tax Revenue Intrigue; Drug Policy Changes; Master Kite Flying

Vice Chair of the Council on Revenues Marilyn Niwao says that retail is the missing variable in the tax revenue mystery.
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Divergence of Tax Revenues and Visitor Numbers: Marilyn Niwao

Marilyn Niwao is a CPA and Vice Chair of the State's Council on Revenues, which is responsible for generating revenue forecasts.
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Hawaii’s measures of tourism, visitor arrivals and per day spending, are up but tax revenues are down.

Intro Music: Keepin' It Funky by Hot 8 Brass Band

Outro Music: Last Night Of The World by Bruce Cockburn

Learning to Fly a Kite: Robert Loera

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Maui’s Chinese Kite Flying Festival highlights a type of high-performance kite flying a world apart from traditional kiting.

Intro Music: Empty Streets by Kota Banks, MOZA

Outro Music: Uncle John's Band by Phil Lesh and Communion

Civil Beat Reality Check: Censorship

Senate President Ron Kouchi (L) with Senator Breene Harimoto
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The Hawaii Attorney General’s office says that public testimony cannot be censored and that the state Senate was wrong to do so.

Outro Music: Beach in Hawaii by Ziggy Marley

Changes Ahead to Drug Policy: Carl Bergquist  

Carl Bergquist with his daughter.
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The State Legislature is moving to reclassify some drug related offenses as non-violent, significantly lowering penalties.

Outro Music: By & Bye by Foreseeable Futures

Music of the Spheres: Robert Pollock

Drawing musical inspiration from celestial bodies is an ancient technique still in practice today.

Intro Music: Piano Sonata No. 5 by Robert Pollock

Outro Music: Can't Stop The Feeling by The Piano Guys