Hawaii governor may veto bill expanding hotel tax

  • Hawaii Gov. David Ige speaks at a news conference in Honolulu on Monday, June 25, 2018, about a list of bills he may veto. Ige says he may veto a bill that would apply the state’s Transient Accommodations Tax to resort fees. (AP Photo/Audrey McAvoy)

HONOLULU — Hawaii Gov. David Ige says he may veto a bill that would apply the state’s hotel tax to resort fees.

The Transient Accommodations Tax is currently applied to charges for staying in hotel rooms and other short-term rentals.

Ige says the legislation’s vague language could require restaurants in hotels to pay the tax but exempt restaurants outside hotels.

Ige made the announcement Monday as he gave the legislature a list of 11 bills he may reject. He still may sign the bills or allow them to become law without his signature.

The governor says he might veto a bill that would allow motorcycles to drive on shoulder lanes. He says it would compromise road safety and create more dangers for other drivers.

  1. No_They_Didn't June 26, 2018 8:53 am Reply

    That means Hawai’i don’t need investors. Hotels only. What if I were into the tech industry or buIsiness world, would that have mattered? Businessmen or a foreign investor like Samsung inc. Of which you know this man is a billionaire. Why call ige names when he is just being political and nice. He deserves it. He is like a diplomat. Will he back up anyone else besides KIM? How about Kouchi? Or Tokuda? But then again there is Will Espero? Different candidates. Many called him an Issei. 1st generation Japanese in Hawaii. What ever that meant? I don’t know. But don’t ever call him that, or you’re fired.

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