Breaking News: Gov. Lingle Announces She Plans to Veto HB 1309-The Bill Would Have Allowed the Counties to Pass Record Tax Increase to Fund Transportation Systems

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”’Editor’s Note: A special open town meeting is being held on Monday, July 11, 2005, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Convention Center, to discuss the implications of the General Excise Tax increase, the impact of Gov. Linda Lingle’s veto of HB 1309 and the Special Session of the Legislature on Tuesday, July 12, 2005. The town meeting on Monday is being hosted by state Rep. Galen Fox, R-Waikiki, Sen. Sam Slom, R-Hawaii Kai, and Honolulu City Council Member Charles Djou.”’

”’Hawaii Reporter”’ has learned Gov. Linda Lingle plans to veto HB 1309, the most controversial bill passed in the 2005 legislative session. The bill would enable the counties to increase the state