Category Archives: Fuel (HRS 243)

SB 2084

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Earmark Barrel Tax to Buy Agricultural lands

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2084

INTRODUCED BY:  DELA CRUZ, GALUTERIA, INOUYE, K. KAHELE, NISHIHARA, WAKAI, S. Chang, Harimoto, Kidani, Riviere, Shimabukuro

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Adds an earmark on the barrel tax to provide a dedicated funding source for the acquisition of agricultural lands.  Creates a new special fund, the Acquisition of Agricultural Lands Trust Fund, to do this.

Continue reading SB 2084

SB 1204

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Earmarks Barrel Tax for Agriculture Accelerator Special Fund

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1204

INTRODUCED BY:  DELA CRUZ, GALUTERIA, INOUYE, KIDANI, K. Kahele, Wakai

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Establishes an agriculture accelerator program and an attached special fund.  Feeds the fund by an earmark off the barrel tax.  Earmarks and special funds decrease transparency and accountability.

Continue reading SB 1204

SB 1012, HB 1146 (Identical)

SUBJECT:  LIQUID FUEL, MISCELLANEOUS, Vehicle Registration, Vehicle Weight, and Fuel Tax Increases

BILL NUMBER:  SB 1012, HB 1146 (Identical)

INTRODUCED BY:  SB by Kouchi by request; HB by Souki by request

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Increases the fuel tax, vehicle registration fee, and vehicle weight tax that go into the Highway Fund.  We suggest that some of the requested additional funding is due to inefficiency in the DOT, which needs to be addressed before taxpayers are made to dig into their wallets once again.

Continue reading SB 1012, HB 1146 (Identical)

HB 948; SB 1083 (Identical)

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Tax Rate Decals at the Pump

BILL NUMBER:  HB 948; SB 1083 (Identical)

INTRODUCED BY:  HB by TODD, GATES, HOLT, QUINLAN, Aquino, Brower; SB by K. KAHELE, GALUTERIA, Baker, Dela Cruz, Inouye, Wakai

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Requires each fuel retailer to put a decal on each pump showing all of the taxes, federal through county, that are assessed on a gallon of gasoline.  Tasks the Department of Agriculture with enforcement, and establishes a special fund into which any fines will be deposited.  We question why DoA would be the enforcing agency for a tax provision, especially when the same bill is appropriating funds to DOTAX for such things as printing the decals.

Continue reading HB 948; SB 1083 (Identical)

SB 433

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Reallocate Environmental Response, Energy, and Food Security Tax

BILL NUMBER:  SB 433

INTRODUCED BY:  DELA CRUZ, INOUYE, KEITH-AGARAN, KIDANI, NISHIHARA, Gabbard, K. Kahele, Wakai

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  Redistributes the environmental response, energy, and food security tax by providing that 10 cents per barrel shall go to the Hawaii agricultural development revolving fund, for the purpose of acquiring agricultural lands.  The tax has taken on a life of its own and lacks transparency, and the special funds it feeds do not come under close scrutiny by either lawmakers or the public.

Continue reading SB 433

SB 2131, CD-1

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Rate on Naphtha Used for Power Generation

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2131, CD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  Conference Committee

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  This bill retroactively reinstates the 2 cent per gallon tax on naphtha sold for use in a power-generating facility.  The measure highlights a much larger problem:  why are we applying a fuel tax to uses of fuel that have no relation to highway use?

Continue reading SB 2131, CD-1

SB 2131, HD-1

SUBJECT:  FUEL, Rate on Naphtha Used for Power Generation

BILL NUMBER:  SB 2131, HD-1

INTRODUCED BY:  House Committee on Energy and Environmental Protection

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY:  The Foundation’s comments relate only to Part I of the bill.  Part I retroactively reinstates the 2 cent per gallon tax on naphtha sold for use in a power-generating facility.  The measure highlights a much larger problem:  why are we applying a fuel tax to uses of fuel that have no relation to highway use?

Continue reading SB 2131, HD-1