Rooted in Reason: Nurturing the Seeds of Liberty

Happy July! Enjoy your new taxes! by grassroothawaii
July 1, 2010, 10:57 am
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By Hideo Hikida

Hey everyone! It’s been a while since I’ve had a chance to write on the blog, mainly because the interns are taking over! As you all have noticed, a new intern has been posting a blog entry every single day for the last two weeks, giving you an insane amount of content. I hope you’re enjoying everyone’s thoughts thus far but today, I have decided to make a cameo appearance on the blog.

Anyway, back to the subject at hand. Anyone excited about July? The summer is in full swing, and Independence Day is coming up. Yup! That means a day full of BBQ, family reunions, red, white and blue, parades and of course, gunpowder! There is a catch to all of this though for Hawaii residents because starting today, a plethora of new taxes and fee increases have been enacted by your wonderful government. YEAH AMERIC….wait…what!? That’s one hell of a surprise if you ask me. Happy Liberty month to you too government.

So what are these new taxes and fee increases? Let me break them down for you:

Act 55 (SB 2611) increases fees for copies of vital statistics;

Act 59 (HB 1985) increases Hawaii cigarette tax and also repeals tax deductions for political or campaign contributions, while doubling fees for business documents at DCCA, insurance licensing fees for broker’s licenses;

Act 64 (SB 2159) hikes traffic abstract fee from $7 to $20;

Act 73 (HB 2421) increases the tax on a barrel of petroleum from current 5¢ to $1.05;

Act 90 (SB1230) increases tax by 50% on “large” cigars

Act 117 (SB 2399) Mandates a mixed martial arts “event fee” and tax;

Act  168 (HB 2503) establishes new fees for pesticide training workshops;

Act 172 (HB 2775) new fees for the importation of certain agricultural products;

Act 173 (SB 2523) increases agricultural inspecian fees;

Act 175 (SB 2563) adds new fees for administration for mandatory solar installation program;

Act 182 (SB 2842) levies a 1% new tax on permitted transfers in trust law

Act 184 (SB 2346) increases applicant fees for Hawaii Teacher Standard Board
I hope all of you filled up your gas tanks yesterday because you’re probably going to see prices at the pump get a little crazy due to the new tax… New taxes, new fee increases are just a bi-product of what our state government has failed to do: stabilize the budget and the state economy. I’m sure I can speak for the majority of residents here in that we’ve seen the overall quality of life get a little more pricey due to the economic outlook. There are less jobs for more unemployed people out there, and the last time I checked, the cost of living in Hawaii is still ridiculously high. Taxes and increased fees?

Thank you sir, may I have another?


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