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Mayors are still after surcharge authority

March 20, 2014
By TOM YAMACHIKA , Interim President, Tax Foundation of Hawaii

A few weeks ago, I wrote of an effort by the state's mayors to acquire the authority to slap a surcharge onto the general excise tax and use the tax just as it is in Honolulu, where there is a 0.5 percent surcharge to pay for rail. This bill is still alive and it represents probably the largest tax increase still moving.



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