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Hawaii teachers want to raise taxes for education

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:57 p.m. HST, Feb 05, 2013

Hawaii teachers want state lawmakers to increase funding for education by raising the general excise tax.

The House Committee on Economic Development and Business approved a bill  today to increase the general excise tax by 1 percent after hearing several teachers testify about the challenges of providing quality education.

The bill still has two more committees to go through but if passed, it would increase how much consumers pay for most goods and services in Hawaii. The current tax is set at 4 percent.

Numerous teachers testified that deteriorating infrastructure, high student-to-teacher ratios and low salaries are some of many challenges they face in providing quality education.

Just three people submitted testimony opposing the bill, including the director of the state Department of Budget and Finance.

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brian606 wrote:
HSTA further eroding public sympathy for teachers.
on February 5,2013 | 01:49PM
sumoroach wrote:
HTSA and teachers love this Idea of more money so WHEREIS MY AUDIT THE LAST ONE WAS OVER 30 YEARS AGO.
on February 6,2013 | 04:01AM
FluidMotion wrote:
Even with the DOE's consistently poor performance I was still rooting for our teachers. No longer. AUDIT this system! Roll some heads! The money is there, it's just being mismanaged.
on February 6,2013 | 04:09AM
allie wrote:
pay for performance. Give raises to those teachers who add value and move scores.
on February 6,2013 | 05:44AM
kauai wrote:
Typical union response to an issue; raise taxes. How about a top-down, full and comprehensive audit of the state department of education? Then clean up the issues that arise from the audit. After doing that, then we can THINK about raising taxes. Throwing more money at a problem will not fix it. A thoughtful comprehensive plan is needed, not simply rewarding less-than-satisfactory performance/results with more taxpayer money.
on February 5,2013 | 02:07PM
Wonderful_World wrote:
Are teachers exempt from paying GE taxes? Do they REALLY mean education or teacher salaries?
on February 5,2013 | 02:10PM
scooters wrote:
Tax and more Tax! what's wrong with these people? If the quality of education was at the high end of the scale inside of t the bottom, then they cold have a point.
on February 5,2013 | 02:18PM
false wrote:
Tax grocery bags, tax sugar drinks, tax cigarettes. Tax us to death. Education budget and funding doesn't register agains all the taxes taken in. Nothing makes sense.
on February 5,2013 | 02:23PM
serious wrote:
If you vote Democrats in that's what you get!! Tax a send--never enough money!!!
on February 5,2013 | 02:39PM
blackmurano wrote:
Heck no!!!! to another TAX increase. These Democrat and their union clones got control of this State "hook line and sinker" since Statehood in 1959 and look at what they done to this State - Tax Tax Tax Tax Tax. When the call to increase the Tax for education what it means is a pay raise for teachers. We already are "OVER-TAXED". Look at their Democratic messiah Obama who wants to also raise taxes so they can spend more and eventually lead this nation to "bankruptcy."
on February 5,2013 | 03:24PM
st1d wrote:
yes. the people most responsible for our children scoring in the bottom ten of all states in scholastics deserve a raise. after all, children can't be first in the teachers' dash for cash.
on February 5,2013 | 03:31PM
rayhawaii wrote:
Increase the tax's 1% for education or start a lottery like the other 48 states where the lottery supports the schools. Only Hawaii and Utah no lottery if someone was thinking I don't know there are 50 states. What's 1% more? Most taxes going to the prison's cause some people decided getting high and living a life of crime was better than an education.
on February 5,2013 | 03:55PM
SteveToo wrote:
Anyone want to bet there was NO VOTE on this by the teachers. It's just a UNION thing.
on February 5,2013 | 03:55PM
LanaUlulani wrote:

I highly doubt the TEACHERS advocate tax increases which would mean tmore money in the form of TAXES would go to government instead of to the keiki and mo'opuna.

Instead it is the UNION HEADS who want more money in the form of taxes. It is NOT the teachers. Teachers teach. They do not STEAL from the very children they TEACH.

on February 5,2013 | 04:36PM
st1d wrote:
"Numerous teachers testified . . .Just three people submitted testimony opposing the bill . . ."

looks like numerous teachers want tax increases.

on February 5,2013 | 08:26PM
allie wrote:
wrong Lana..most teachers want a raise in spite of their appalling record of performance
on February 6,2013 | 05:45AM
SomebodyElse wrote:
So tired of taxes for a special purpose. I paid more to register my car, the roads in my neighborhood are worse than ever. The heavier the vehicle, the more the fee. And yet, I still see no improvements in my roads, which begs the question, why do heavier vehicles pay more if they don't use the money to fix the darned roads anyways. SO tired of it. Prioritize the budget, cut the Governor's office salaries by 5% and establish a hiring freeze. The way people flee his office we should have some solid savings in no time.
on February 5,2013 | 05:07PM
soundofreason wrote:
"just three people submitted testimony opposing the bill, ">>> Do you think that's because everybody WANTS to pay more taxes or simply because no one knew about the hearing. Food for thought
on February 5,2013 | 05:33PM
soundofreason wrote:
Saw a story in Las Vegas where teachers were pushing the same gig.
on February 5,2013 | 05:34PM
st1d wrote:
another story of legislative action on an unnamed unnumbered bill. it's almost as if the star advertiser has abandoned the public interest by not giving the bill number or title.
on February 5,2013 | 05:48PM
st1d wrote:
you'd think a competent paper report would include the bill number and title.
on February 5,2013 | 05:50PM
HD36 wrote:
No mo kids, no mo tax. Got old parents though, I'll pay extra tax for them 2 but not for 100,000 kids that ain't mine. Try read one book instead of playing video games. Try mow someone's lawn or clean their house for some cash instead of watching cartoons. And stop begging for money with those stupid fish nets. You want more money go wash some cars.
on February 5,2013 | 06:52PM
Bdpapa wrote:
This is BS. The teachers are just telling our law makers figure it out. No one wants an increase in the GET, but it gets attention. The State got to wake up.
on February 5,2013 | 06:58PM
mokebla wrote:
Teacher wants a tax hike, not without random drug testings. Better yet, monthly testing. :-O!
on February 6,2013 | 03:42AM
sumoroach wrote:
What no notice until after the House Committee on Economic Development and Business has the hearings this is big news what happen.
on February 6,2013 | 04:00AM
sumoroach wrote:
HTSA and teachers love this Idea of more money so WHEREIS MY AUDIT THE LAST ONE WAS OVER 30 YEARS AGO.
on February 6,2013 | 04:01AM
koolau wrote:
This is just another way to hand money over to an irresponsible government. Big government = Big Spending! Can't control expenses........raise revenue via taxation!! Easy solution, right?
on February 6,2013 | 04:04AM
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