BY MICHELE VAN HESSEN – The Senate and House Minority believe it is time the people’s political representatives work for the people, the ordinary everyday person. Senator Slom and Representative Aaron Ling Johanson and his fellow House Republicans have hit the ground running, setting a record for early action in a spirit of cooperation, introducing companion legislation that includes financial relief for every taxpayer in Hawaii.
It is time for Hawaii to give back to the people instead of taking unnecessarily. The Minority want to increase the personal exemption to be the same as the federal exemption, thereby putting an approximate average of $465 per year in each family’s pocket for each tax return filed. This will provide direct relief to everyone who files their Hawaii tax return.
Several other bills and issues with full Minority support will be introduced. These include bills for the protection of children and elderly persons, bills supporting veterans, tax exemptions, and more.