Surrounded by Democrats in the State Capitol Rotunda, Republican Gov. Linda Lingle yesterday reversed a statement she made last Friday, July 8, saying she now plans to allow HB 1309 to become law without her signature, rather than veto the highly controversial tax increase measure as she said she would.

“Lingle flip flop Centered”

Though Hawaii already has the highest overall tax burden in the nation, the bill allows the county councils to increase the state General Excise Tax by 12.5 percent to fund transportation related projects.

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