The Power Point presentation also included tax revenues over the past five years (noting, for example, that the GET brought in $2.49 billion last fiscal year).
The commission meets twice a decade to try to ensure taxpayers are paying their fair share.
Commissioners, including Chairman Randy Iwase, requested more detailed information from the department for their next meeting, including:
A national comparison of Hawaii’s various tax rates
What percent of our taxes are paid by non residents
How much money does the state lose on Internet sales?
How many delinquent taxpayers does the state have, and how much is owed? What would the Tax Department need to collect the amount?
12:15 p.m. Money For Tsunami Debris Cleanup
Dan Inouye inserted language into a Commerce, Justice and Science Appropriations Bill approved by the Senate today that helps fund tsunami debris tracking and cleanup.
According to a press release, “The bill includes at least $5 million for marine debris activities, an increase of $1 million.”
As an island state, Hawaii is particularly susceptible to the impacts of marine debris and, all the more so, because we are located near the center of a great network of ocean currents in the Pacific that tend to concentrate debris into a wide region known as the “garbage patch.” Our state has long been at the forefront of efforts dealing with this issue and in fact we have recently become the first state to develop and implement a comprehensive marine debris action plan.
DC808 has this item on Michelle Obama‘s APEC itinerary. Her focus will be on childhood obesity and military families.
In related news, Reuters has this item on how Barack Obama will try to shift the spotlight from the Middle East and Europe to Asia with the APEC summit “to make good on his promise to deepen U.S. ties in the region.”
When he took office in 2009, Obama vowed to make engagement with Asia-Pacific countries a priority and highlighted his personal connections to the region, including his upbringing in Hawaii and the four years he lived in Indonesia as a child. …
But there have been setbacks.
Nakasone To Be Sworn In
Karen Nakasone will be sworn in as a First Circuit Court judge at 4 p.m. in the Hawaii Supreme Court courtroom.
Briefing: Historic Preservation
Four state House and Senate committees are scheduled to meet at 2 p.m. at the Capitol to check on the progress of the State Historic Preservation Division meeting new National Park Service requirements.