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STATEMENT BEFORE THE CITY COUNCIL COMMITTEE ON POLICY AND THE ENVIRONMENT COMMITTEE ON THE GENERAL EXCISE TAX SURCHARGE
AUGUST 25, 1992.
Two and a half years ago we testified before you to urge you not to support the State bills authorizing the G.E.T. surcharge for rail. We quoted the State Tax Review Commission's opinions as to the regressivity of excise taxes and estimated that it would cost the average Oahu family $275 a year for ten years.
By now many others have said the same, but no one has done so as clearly and in as much detail as the Tax Foundation of Hawaii. Most of my testimony today is based on Lowell Kalapa's studies and reports.
In summary, we agree with the Tax Foundation that:
As we did in 1990, we urge you not to enact this burdensome and regressive tax.
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