Lawmakers fear revenue slump - News

Lawmakers fear revenue slump - News

There are 21 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Mar 11, 2009, titled Lawmakers fear revenue slump - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Lawmakers have advanced hundreds of proposals in the Legislature with an eye toward tomorrow, when everything could change.

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ipj737

Kapaa, HI

#1 Mar 11, 2009
<<<S.B. 1111: Increases the rate of the transient accommodations tax beginning July 1, and requires the additional revenues collected from the increase to be deposited into the general fund.>>>

Wow. This is just... Wow. Raising the transient accommodations tax in the middle of the worst tourism slump in Hawaii history?

Here is a novel idea... Instead of raising real property taxes, general excise taxes, sewer fees, transient accommodation taxes and state income taxes in the middle of a depression, how about we increase the efficiency of existing government and kill unnecessary projects - LIKE RAIL?
John W Bienko

Ottawa, Canada

#2 Mar 11, 2009
The lawmakers in Hawai`i may seek the wisdom of Cicero, Rome 55 BC.
"The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should be tempered and controlled, and the assistance to foreign lands should be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to work, instead of living on public assistance."
Aloha
willie

Plymouth, MI

#3 Mar 11, 2009
Typical. Don't reign in spending instead increase taxes. Be nice if the private sector worked that way eh?

"Boss, my bills exceed my salary, increase my pay by 22%."
StateTaxPayer

AOL

#4 Mar 11, 2009
TAX AND SPEND, TAX AND SPEND, THEY NEVER LEARN. WE HAVE FOOLS RUNNING OUR GOVERNMENTS.
Big J-Hawaii Kai

United States

#5 Mar 11, 2009
Same old song, just a different year. Hold on to your wallets folks, here come a whole flurry of increased taxes and fees. It's no surprise that on the agenda it's never controlling spending within government, but rather our legislators take the easy way out for them, and the hard way for the tax paying citizen. And that would be, tax, tax, tax and spend like a drunken sailor. SAD!
An Observer

Keaau, HI

#6 Mar 11, 2009
The headline is wrong.
They don't fear a revenue slump.
They fear a spending slump.
HITaxpayer

Honolulu, HI

#7 Mar 11, 2009
In a consumer driven economy like ours, it is really stupid to take money out of consumer hands in the middle of a recession. The legislature should be cutting taxes to give people more money to spend or this is gonna be a long recession.

And you DON'T increase the transient tax when tourism is falling.
kapaa

Lihue, HI

#8 Mar 11, 2009
they don't have a spending slump...just tax more and lets give ourselves an undeserved raise....this whole recession is media driven....large corporations lay off folks to better the bottom line, government should layoff folks to better the bottom line. start withthe top...deputy heads of divisions should be canned and the person in charge of a division made to do the work or get out too.
voter

United States

#9 Mar 11, 2009
reelect nobody
alice

Honolulu, HI

#10 Mar 11, 2009
The Lingle economy is very bad and spending restraint is in order. Everyone needs to share the pain.
Willie magnum 44

Wahiawa, HI

#11 Mar 11, 2009
Politicians waste a lot of taxpayers money. They use our money and go on junket trips and claim it is part of business. We don't need their waste ful ways. They should volunteer to cut their high salary and cut their staffs pay as well. They claim to be working for the community which is far from the truth. They are in it for the glory and the kick backs. Shame on them for taking the wage increase when we are in a depression.

They shoould set an example by refusing to take pay increases and show us how they plan on cutting their own budgets during these time of crisis.
Incredulous

Makawao, HI

#12 Mar 11, 2009
Where's legislation that reduces spending? Where is the legislation to defer pay raisess to the legislature. The revenue shortfall has been no secret, but for the first month of the session, the legislature has been wasting its time on nonsense like naming a state insect, or fireworks or cell phone bans, or civil unions. Meantime this budget issue has been hanging over their heads and now they "fear" a revenue slump? Where have they been for the last month or more?
local

Kailua, HI

#13 Mar 11, 2009
Every election, the people of Hawaii always elect the same donkeys who increase your taxes and decrease services. Whatever happened to the saying "Quality of Life" they always brag anout during their campaign speech. I tell you what it means, Higher Taxes and raises for us. If you want CHANGE, vote them out or don't grumble when your wallet becomes lighter.
Island Boi

Honolulu, HI

#14 Mar 11, 2009
Another day in third world politics of Hawaii Nei. Donna Mercado Kim got her hand slapped by Dan Inoue for trying to raid the cookie jar. Way to go Dan as Donna doesn't have a clue on how to work with budgets. As in cut spending when times are tight. What a concept. Too bad our elected officials just do not get it. Quit talking about raising taxes to fund your pet projects. Start talking about cutting all the non essential areas currently draining our budget, the right thing to do. If you can't do it we will find those who can. Ahhh just another day in the Nei.
alice

Honolulu, HI

#15 Mar 11, 2009
local wrote:
Every election, the people of Hawaii always elect the same donkeys who increase your taxes and decrease services. Whatever happened to the saying "Quality of Life" they always brag anout during their campaign speech. I tell you what it means, Higher Taxes and raises for us. If you want CHANGE, vote them out or don't grumble when your wallet becomes lighter.
very true. Lets give every state worker one day off a week with no pay. Many states are doing that.
Associate

Honolulu, HI

#16 Mar 11, 2009
Oh Lawdy Lawdy! Dem Govmint gon hav less money to
spend! Whut we gon doooo?

Yes, heaven forbid the government should have to
EVER make do with less.

alice

Honolulu, HI

#17 Mar 11, 2009
Lingle shoudl exert some eladership and address the public asking for mutual efforts to deal with the budget deficit. She is really so invisible.
give me a break

Kaneohe, HI

#18 Mar 11, 2009
they don't know where the money will come from-------but they continue to spend, spend and spend..........

then down the road, they will then say they must raise taxes "because we are broke". does anyone need a "psy-kick" to figure it out??????????

Still from Kaneohe...
Stumpy

Honolulu, HI

#19 Mar 11, 2009
Lawmakers, ask any homemaker how to budget! Don't spend what you don't have. It's easy. You people are worse than Al Queda. You are supposed to be helping the people, not ripping us off and passing useless bills just to get your political ticket punched.
gravitation

Kaneohe, HI

#20 Mar 11, 2009
As a alternative to stimulate the MORAL & economic values of this state, a lottermit proposal would be one way of implementing this proposal for the dire situations we are now in. This proposal was left at the governor, Lt. governor & several legislators offices this year & 3 consecutive years previously, to be introduced at sessions held. To refresh the memories of this lawmakers, lottermit would generate $228,000,000 or more annually to create jobs & without raising taxes for revenue. Specific definition of lottermit, a limit of 100 tickets or less bought for 1,300,000 people who purchased $1.00 ea. ticket. This state operation would be played every 3 months 4 times within a calendar year. Every 3 monthss a winner would receive $4,000,000. Proprietor who sold the winning ticket would receive $200,000. For more specific explanations contact these lawmakers for a copy of this proposal (LOTTERMIT).

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