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Democrats confident of prevailing on taxes - News

There are 18 comments on the Honolulu Star-Bulletin story from Apr 23, 2009, titled Democrats confident of prevailing on taxes - News. In it, Honolulu Star-Bulletin reports that:

Ignoring veto threats from Republican Gov. Linda Lingle, Democrats in the state Legislature sent her bills calling for more than $300 million in tax increases.

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okden

San Diego, CA

#1 Apr 23, 2009
how about taxing campaign contributions received by campaigns?

20% of all money received by the polticians in their campaigns can go into the general fund
Voice of Reason

Kapolei, HI

#2 Apr 23, 2009
we need to vote all the local dems out.
MorePorkulus

Troy, MI

#3 Apr 23, 2009
Democrats in the state Legislature sent her bills calling for more than $300 million in tax increases.
The Taxocrats will continue to destroy an already blown economy.
my take on the situation

Mililani, HI

#4 Apr 23, 2009
Democrats: Pander to the unions, stick it to the taxpayers.
Be Real

Kalaheo, HI

#5 Apr 23, 2009
If you read between the lines - Lingle's proposal is aimed at reducing wages of the average laborer who makes less then $100 grand a year, and cutting jobs which are scarce.

The Democrats version is to tax the rich (those making OVER $150 grand a year.

The question in these financial times is: Who can afford it without an additional burden? For myself,$150 grand is more then 3 times what I make a year. If someone makes that much more then I, they can afford to pay that much more.
sonofhawaii

Kilauea, HI

#6 Apr 23, 2009
Did you know that 1% of the cost of all state buildings go for art by state law?
HITaxpayer

Honolulu, HI

#7 Apr 23, 2009
According to Say, the budget is already trimmed so far back there is nowhere else to cut and the state must look for new money.

Hey Calvin, I and I'm sure many other workers in HI took a paycut to prevent layoffs, you took a 31% increase and refuse to cut government workers pay. So don't try to tell us there is no where else to cut. Idiot.
HITaxpayer

Honolulu, HI

#8 Apr 23, 2009
Be Real wrote:
If you read between the lines - Lingle's proposal is aimed at reducing wages of the average laborer who makes less then $100 grand a year, and cutting jobs which are scarce.
The Democrats version is to tax the rich (those making OVER $150 grand a year.
The question in these financial times is: Who can afford it without an additional burden? For myself,$150 grand is more then 3 times what I make a year. If someone makes that much more then I, they can afford to pay that much more.
Just because some people worked hard, got an education and make more than you, you want to tax them to death. Why don't you try to improve yourself so you can get a better job and make more money?
DMAN

AOL

#9 Apr 23, 2009
Raising Taxes and the same time you are raising part-time legislators salaries by 36%? I can't wait till 2010. The arrogance of the Legislature is amazing. Any neighbor island legislator who voted for the increase in the Hotel room tax is irresponsible!
Running the Assylum

Honolulu, HI

#10 Apr 23, 2009
Let's call this what it is - a tax increase so Democrats can pay union employees.
vhfaloha

San Diego, CA

#11 Apr 23, 2009
sonofhawaii wrote:
Did you know that 1% of the cost of all state buildings go for art by state law?
If you believe this tired old mantra you deserve to pay more tax. Vote Demotaxocrat every time, dummy!
vhfaloha

San Diego, CA

#12 Apr 23, 2009
Running the Assylum wrote:
Let's call this what it is - a tax increase so Democrats can pay union employees.
Right on target!
local

Kailua, HI

#13 Apr 23, 2009
The democrats are leading the people to a socialist state.
Its your neighborhood

Torrance, CA

#14 Apr 23, 2009
The great tourism crash of 2010 is building steam.
personal responsibility

Honolulu, HI

#15 Apr 23, 2009
I agree with HITaxpayer that we shouldn't tax the people more just because they achieved some financial success. It's not their fault they earn more money than the average person. In the same argument, it's not a person's fault for working for the state. Most state workers don't make 150k, but they do pay taxes. Let the legislature start by declining their 36% raise and then start talk about cutting salaries. I do not work for the state or make 150k a year.
Killa Wiffa

AOL

#16 Apr 24, 2009
Right on for SB 1111, keep on taxing those tourist!!!!!!!!
agapito

Washington, DC

#17 Apr 24, 2009
Voice of Reason wrote:
we need to vote all the local dems out.
You need to run.
tinhat25

United States

#18 Apr 24, 2009
HITaxpayer wrote:
<quoted text>
Just because some people worked hard, got an education and make more than you, you want to tax them to death. Why don't you try to improve yourself so you can get a better job and make more money?
I worked hard, got a PhD, and don't make anywhere near $100k. In fact, I make a lot less than that. Yeah, just another (non-med school) young UH professor :-) Education doesn't necessarily make you $$$$ rich! From time to time I have trouble making ends meet, but I'm always amazed at how many people manage on a lot, lot less. If you make over $100k you've probably got a bigger mortgage/rent than someone earning less, so 'Be Real', tax hikes for people earning a lot can be difficult, because they (as with us lower earners) tend to spend and have mortgages/rents that match what they earn and thus can afford... Except in the last few years, of course!

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