By Stewart Yerton Critics say one of the options to pay for the over-budget Honolulu rail project — extending the general excise tax — would unfairly burden the poor. Read more.
By Anita Hofschneider The city approved a contract to rehabilitate Kahuku Elderly housing complex despite the appearance of a conflict of interest, a federal audit found. Read more.
Tax Brackets, HB209 and HB375: Tom Yamachika
Critics say the the proposed 30% increase would leave Honolulu with one of the highest hotel tax rates in the country. Read more.
Honolulu, Hawaii news, sports & weather – KITV Channel 4 HONOLULU – The recovery plan for the city’s $8 billion train doesn’t mention the hotel tax as a new funding source, even though that’s what state lawmakers tentatively decided on … Read More
Rail and the political turmoil that surrounds it helped steer the state Legislature into dramatic new positions last week on some longstanding, contentious issues, with results that startled even some of the politicians involved. Read more.
Trump’s proposal includes a 15 percent business tax rate for corporations and owner-operated businesses. Read more (subscription required).
Here’s an update on the status of the SB1183, senators and representatives have been appointed for a conference committee. Read more.
A bill moving through the state Legislature aims to shake loose money frozen in a $150 million failed renewable-energy loan program and use it to offer rebates of up to $10,000 to residents who buy battery systems for their homes. … Read More