Howzit Howard: tax refunds

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Even if you don't count the distortion of the statistics by the tax refunds that should have gone out in June, July tax revenues were down slightly from July 2009, down about six tenths of a percent. The gap works out to a shortfall of about 20 million. Excise tax revenues were down 4.4 percent from July of last year.

The new weekly report on Hawaii jobless claims is good, a hundred fewer new claims, almost a thousand fewer total claims. Molokai went up two to 183 total jobless claims but otherwise the new and total figures were down in every unemployment office on every island.

ML Macadamia Orchards has posted a small second quarter loss, about a sixth of a million. The mac nut harvest is done by spring, so the real news is, other farming operations covered almost all its fixed costs.

A one million quarterly loss for Jay Shidler's Pacific Office properties, but strong revenue from its Honolulu office buildings and higher occupancy at One Waterfront Plaza, better known as Restaurant Row.

Pirates of the Caribbean wraps location shooting in Hawaii today. In recent days that filming has been done in a warehouse near Honolulu airport.

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