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Hawaii's Solar Power Cronyism

Posted on Oct 2, 2012

Hawaii has one thing in abundance: sunshine. So you'd think that there's no reason for the government to get involved in promoting something dependent on sunshine like solar power. Yet Hawaii, like a lot of other states, doles out money to support a corrupt system. Public taxes are used to support an industry that pours money into the pockets of politicians. Moreover, the system is widely abused by thousands of taxpayers. Solar energy credits violate all the principles of sound tax policy -- and don't let naïve tree huggers tell you anything different. The Hawaii system is so corrupt that it's a laughingstock. Some members of the Legislature would like to eliminate the credit. They should be called heroes.

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