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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

$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

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