Issues

Barreling the Poor

One of the tax increase bills that is still afloat at our legislature concerns the environmental response, energy, and food security tax, which we refer to as the barrel tax. This tax started off as the environmental response tax, imposed at 5 cents a barrel of...

Piling On!

Last week we mentioned that our Legislature was considering several bills that would add increases or surcharges to the Hawaii General Excise Tax (GET). This week we will talk about what those bills actually do, and provide bill numbers so those of you who are so...

Fair Taxation?

Among the many tax bills that we follow in the legislative hopper this session, most have generic titles like “Relating to Taxation” which say very little about the bills’ contents. There is one, House Bill 1307, that is titled, “Relating to Fair Taxation.” Ten...