This is the personal Blog of Todd Cochrane CEO of RawVoice and Podcast Connect. Who is the Host of the Geek News Central Podcast and Lead Blogger
Todd resides in Honolulu Hawaii with his family and is heavily involved in Podcasting space.
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The list of 155 Circuit City Stores closures came out today. The store here in Hawaii was not on the list. Ever since the closure of CompUSA last year the places where consumers can buy computer electronics goods has continued to narrow. Luckily we missed the bullet. Not sure it would have made a difference as I cannot remember the last time I shopped in the local store.
For the past three years I have had to write the state of Hawaii a big fat check… That check is for General Excise Tax.. But what is so very painful is that the only reason I have to pay it is that I Live in Hawaii is my Business is registered here.
But here is the thing that pisses me off 99.999999% of the business I do is outside the state of Hawaii. Every check I receive comes from a company in the mainland. 100% of the money that I expend is also spent outside the state of Hawaii.
So because I live here I get screwed. The choice I have is simple. Close the business here in Hawaii and move it to the mainland this would result in me keeping literally thousands upon thousands of dollars in my pocket.
The state of Hawaii does not help me with my business. The residents of Hawaii get no benefit of my business here. I do no business with companies in the state of Hawaii. But because I live here and choose to work from home my company is sucked dry each quarter by paying the state.
I don’t think it’s fair. If I was doing business locally and had local clients then I understand, but for anyone that has clients and companies they do business with in the mainland exclusively then having your business registered in the state of Hawaii will cost you a pile of money. Don’t so it.
The liberal policies of this state is anti-business unless you have a company thats employees are part of a union.
To top it off it looks like Obama is gonna be elected and because of his plans I am looking at significantly larger Tax bill when his policies are put in place. It’s really to bad people have forgotten what Jimmy Carter did to this country and it looks like history is set to repeat itself.
My team at RawVoice worked some long nights to get the site ready and we were able to launch it in front of about 400 people at Gnomedex, really cool to actually be able to cut a site loose during a mainstream conference. [Flickr Pics] Thanks to Derek Miller for taking the Pics