Aloha Chamber members,
On the General Election ballot, voters will be asked to vote on an important Constitutional Amendment that reads:
“Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to support public education?”
The Chamber strongly opposes this NEW tax on real property and encourages you to vote NO for the following reasons:
• Will raise the cost of living for everyone.
• Will increase the cost of doing business.
• Will impact affordable housing and increase rent.
• Will increase taxes on ALL properties including
residential, commercial and agricultural.
• Furthermore, the taxes do not guarantee the
monies will go to public education and teachers,
essentially allowing a blank check to the Legislature.
We wholeheartedly support public education. However, this amendment will have far-reaching implications that will impact everyone. An argument that proponents have mentioned is:
• New tax amendment applies only to $1 million
and up residential investments by foreign investors.
o FACT: The amendment clearly does not
specify what amount and what type, leaving it
broad for the Legislature to have the authority
to levy a tax in any amount on any type of
investment real property.
Also, the new tax does not guarantee additional funds will be available for the schools. The legislature can always reduce and redirect the current DOE budget due to monies raised from the property taxes.
Rather than approve a new tax on real property and pass an amendment that will impact everyone, we encourage the following first:
• Audit the Department of Education. Current DOE
financial reporting lacks transparency so we don’t
know how much money goes to the schools and how
it’s spent. Are there inefficiencies? Can some of the
monies get redirected to other programs?
Hawaii is 15th in the nation in per pupil spending.
How is the money for students being spent?
It’s critical to know how the $2 billion budget is
spent before we create a new tax.
• Use existing laws to raise revenues for the
department, such as Act 155, 210 and 245.
Again, the Chamber and the business community isn’t against public education. In fact, the business community has and continues to provide resources through multiple means to support schools, teachers and students. What we are against is a law that will create a new tax that will increase the cost of living for everyone.
Vote NO on new taxes.
Chamber Con Am Media Coverage
Saturday, October 20, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Sunday, October 7, 2018
Saturday, October 6, 2018
- The Garden Island – Court to hear ballot challenge
- Hawaii News Now – Teachers go door-to-door to urge voters to support surcharge to fund education
- KHON – Will the proposed constitutional amendment raise taxes for everyone?
Friday, October 5, 2018
- Pacific Business News – Hawaii Supreme Court Agrees to Hear Counties’ Case on Proposed Con Am
- KHON – Hawaii Supreme Court to Take Up Con Am Battle as Election Nears
- Civil Beat – Ad Watch: TV Spots Attack Con Am for School Taxes
- Big Island Now – Ballot Measure Will Raise the Cost of Living & Funds May Not Go to Public Education
- Hawaii Public Radio – Battle Lines Drawn Over Property Tax Amendment
Thursday, October 4, 2018
- West Hawaii Today – Panel discusses proposed property tax in advance of November vote
- Civil Beat – Voters Need to Know Sooner Who’s Paying to Influence Them
- Maui Time – Hawaii COC Contributes $600,000 to Fight Con Am
Wednesday, October 3, 2018
Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Monday, October 1, 2018
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Wednesday, September 19, 2018
Friday, September 14, 2018
Tuesday, September 4, 2018
Wednesday, August 29, 2018