State of Hawaii secondary Archives: on Tax Reform

Daniel Akaka: The Bush tax cuts helped the richest, not those in need

Q: Do you favor making the tax cuts permanent?

A: We cannot make tax cuts permanent. Already this year itís projected that we will have a deficit of $600 billion. And this will be passed on. We have to borrow money from China and now Japan as well. The Bush administration took us from a surplus to a multi-trillion dollar federal deficit, and government should be taking care of those in need help the most and not take care of the richest.

Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

Ed Case: Bush tax cuts unaffordable; targeted middle-class cuts ok

Q: Do you favor making the tax cuts permanent?

A: I voted against that initiative. It was unaffordable, especially as we had already intervened in Iraq, and one could see that was going to be far more expensive than anybody projected. I had voted against some tax cut extensions, especially those for the very upper income families, because I don't think it's fair, or necessary. But I have voted for some extensions that I think have very targeted purposes and are targeted for the middle class.

Source: 2006 HI Senate Debate on PBS Hawaii Aug 31, 2006

John Carroll: The current Federal tax code is out of control

Taxes should be fair and the processes for calculation and enforcement reasonable and transparent. The current Federal tax code is out of control, with contradictory and uninterpretable laws that victimize the average taxpayer. We need to revamp tax policy in America and look at new and fairer ways to assess and collect tax money.
Source: 2016 HI Senate campaign website Aug 26, 2016

Paul Morgan: Tourism tax on all visitors to Hawai'i

Source: 2021 HI Governor campaign website Jul 18, 2021

Paul Morgan: Remove excise tax from necessities, eliminate estate tax

Source: 2021 HI Governor campaign website Jul 18, 2021

Vicky Cayetano: Helped revise unemployment tax formula, businesses paid less

As chairperson of the Chamber of Commerce of Hawai'i in the late 1990s, she persuaded then Democratic State Representative Dwight Takamine, chairman of the Labor Committee and an ardent labor union supporter, to revise the unemployment tax formula to a level that was more than sufficient to protect unemployed workers and was fair to employers. Takamine agreed, and a bill was passed, saving businesses tens of millions of dollars.
Source: 2021 HI Governor campaign website Sep 1, 2021

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