State of Hawaii Archives: on Corporations


David Ige: Vetoed taxing of short term rental accommodations

SB1292: Requires hosting platforms that collect booking services to register as tax collection agents and collect GET and TAT for transient accommodation bookings.

Honolulu Civil Beat analysis: Critics say SB1292 would require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, with hosting platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway acting as tax collectors on behalf of the state. Sen. Laura Thielen compared illegal vacation rentals to a crime that prevents local people from being able to own and rent homes.

Veto message: The State's taxation of transient accommodations through hosting platforms should complement the counties' regulation of transient accommodations. While SB1292 would not legalize these operations, it could be viewed as legitimizing these operations.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 50-1-0 on 4/9/19; Passed Senate 13-12-0 on 4/30; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on 7/9

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on Hawaii voting record SB1292 Jul 9, 2019

Kai Kahele: Don't allow taxing of short term rental accommodations

SB1292: Requires hosting platforms that collect booking services to register as tax collection agents and collect GET and TAT for transient accommodation bookings.

Honolulu Civil Beat analysis: Critics say SB1292 would require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, with hosting platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway acting as tax collectors on behalf of the state. Sen. Laura Thielen compared illegal vacation rentals to a crime that prevents local people from being able to own and rent homes.

Veto message: The State's taxation of transient accommodations through hosting platforms should complement the counties' regulation of transient accommodations. While SB1292 would not legalize these operations, it could be viewed as legitimizing these operations.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 50-1-0 on 4/9/19; Passed Senate 13-12-0 on 4/30; State Sen. Kai Kahele voted NO; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on 7/9

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on Hawaii voting record SB1292 Apr 30, 2019

Bob McDermott: Allow taxing of short term rental accommodations

SB1292: Requires hosting platforms that collect booking services to register as tax collection agents and collect GET and TAT for transient accommodation bookings.

Honolulu Civil Beat analysis: Critics say SB1292 would require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, with hosting platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway acting as tax collectors on behalf of the state. Sen. Laura Thielen compared illegal vacation rentals to a crime that prevents local people from being able to own and rent homes.

Veto message: The State's taxation of transient accommodations through hosting platforms should complement the counties' regulation of transient accommodations. While SB1292 would not legalize these operations, it could be viewed as legitimizing these operations.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 50-1-0 on 4/9/19; State Rep. Bob McDermott voted YES; Passed Senate 13-12-0 on 4/30; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on 7/9

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on Hawaii voting record SB1292 Apr 9, 2019

Cynthia Thielen: Allow taxing of short term rental accommodations

SB1292: Requires hosting platforms that collect booking services to register as tax collection agents and collect GET and TAT for transient accommodation bookings.

Honolulu Civil Beat analysis: Critics say SB1292 would require operators of short-term rentals to pay transient accommodation and general excise taxes, with hosting platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway acting as tax collectors on behalf of the state. Sen. Laura Thielen compared illegal vacation rentals to a crime that prevents local people from being able to own and rent homes.

Veto message: The State's taxation of transient accommodations through hosting platforms should complement the counties' regulation of transient accommodations. While SB1292 would not legalize these operations, it could be viewed as legitimizing these operations.

Legislative Outcome:Passed House 50-1-0 on 4/9/19; State Rep. Cynthia Thielen voted YES; Passed Senate 13-12-0 on 4/30; Vetoed by Gov. Ige on 7/9

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on Hawaii voting record SB1292 Apr 9, 2019

Andria Tupola: Cut corporate taxes and unnecessary regulation

Source: 2018 Hawaii governor campaign website VoteTupola.org Sep 1, 2018

Eddie Pirkowski: Zero taxes would attract corporate headquarters

Q: What would be your first priority if elected?

A: Make Hawaii a zero tax state, (using Wyoming as a model) thereby bringing new corporate headquarters, data centers, a new Hawaii Stock Exchange, and high technology data centers to Hawaii for high speed internet, long term secure data backup, AI, Big Data analytics/high tech training, to attract high technology companies and to retain the best and brightest of Hawaii to bring new permanent lifetime jobs to Hawaii for all the families of Hawaii.

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2018 Hawaii Senate race Jul 1, 2018

David Ige: $10 million for HI Growth initiative to support innovation

We need to support business and industry so that they can grow our economy and create jobs. That includes our visitor industry, which has had three straight record setting years in arrivals and spending, totaling about $15 billion and supporting 175,000 jobs statewide.

It also includes the thousands of small businesses that make up the core of our economic engine--those ma and pa stores whose predecessors include success stories like Foodland and the ABC Stores.

We need to nurture an "innovation economy," in which entrepreneurs use technology to develop new processes and products from existing ones, like smart phone makers who have taken their products far beyond the original concept of a mobile phone and created entire new markets.

It's a whole new economic paradigm which we need to support with modern infrastructure, whether it's expanding our broadband network or building innovation parks. That's why we are providing $10 million for the HI Growth initiative to support innovation.

Source: State of the State address to 2015 Hawaii Legislature Jan 26, 2015

Mark Takai: End tax breaks for largest oil and drug companies

My wife and I own a small business. I will work to end the tax breaks for the largest multinational oil and drug companies, and end the Washington mentality that forces small businessmen and women to fight for their lives every day.

In Congress, I will push for tax credits and low interest loans for small business to open and expand. I will push for research and development incentives so all businesses--large and small--have an opportunity to be leaders in innovation.

Source: 2014 Hawaii House campaign website, MarkTakai.com Nov 4, 2014

Mazie Hirono: US Chamber of Commerce does not reflect business community

Linga Lingle's campaign manager criticized Democrat Mazie Hirono for criticizing the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsement this week of the Republican candidate. Excerpt from Lingle's press release: "Mazie's team called the organization 'a powerful right-wing mainland special interest group.' This charge is disingenuous and even laughable coming from Mazie, considering just a few months ago she proudly touted to the people of Hawaii that the Visit USA Act which she co-sponsored was backed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce."

Hirono's campaign issued this statement in response: "We welcome the debate over who is best positioned to work with President Obama, help grow our economy, and create jobs. It is clear that the US Chamber of Commerce does not reflect the entire business community here in Hawaii."

Source: Honolulu Civil Beat on 2012 Hawaii Senate debate May 10, 2012

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