By Melvin Ah Ching, Editor & Publisher, The Hawaii Political Platter Blog.With the start of the not so special legislative session to suck more money out of taxpayers, I decided to send testimony to the Senate Ways & Means Committee to oppose the extension of the General Excise Tax (GET) and the increase to the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT). My testimony follows:
Testimony on SB 4.
Against GE Tax Extension
Against Increase to TAT
August 28, 2017.
To the members of Senate Ways & Means Committee,
I am against the implementation of the extension of the GET to pay for rail. I am also against the proposed INCREASE to the TAT. Furthermore, neighbor island taxpayers should not be paying for the rail that only benefits a small sector of Honolulu’s population.
This statement addresses my OPPOSITION to SB 4 and ask that all committee members as well as all members of the State Senate and the State House of Representatives vote NO on the implementation of this legislation.
Hawaii taxpayers are paying way too much for a rail system that should have never been built in the first place. The City & County of Honolulu bit more than they can afford and it is extremely sad and frustrating that the taxpayers have to foot this gigantic and expensive bill just to perpetuate the completion of this biggest mistake of the century.
Rail is not a solution to the transportation problem. It is only a development scheme to make our lives more expensive and to further engineer and price citizens out of their private, motorized vehicles.
Transient Oriented Development (TOD) is costing long time residents who own or rent properties near the rail line more money because of higher property tax assessments that are coming down the road. Many of us are old timers on limited or fixed incomes. The TOD will price many out of their homes.
I am angry at the rail and the taxes being implemented to pay for it. No extensions, No new taxes! The people in Hawaii are angry. Vote NO on SB 4.