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Don’t give mayors authority over GET


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Jan 20, 2014

~~<p>All four Hawaii mayors made an appearance before the Legislature last week in what has become a nearly annual pilgrimage. The aim: to convince state lawmakers that the counties provide more services than their current share of the state&rsquo;s tax revenues can cover.</p>
<p>On that point there can be no doubt, and the governments serving the neighbor islands as well as the City and County of Honolulu do deserve bigger slices of the revenue pie. But that correction must be made carefully, without causing even larger problems down the road.</p>
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All four Hawaii mayors made an appearance before the Legislature last week in what has become a nearly annual pilgrimage. The aim: to convince state lawmakers that the counties provide more services than their current share of the state’s tax revenues can cover.

On that point there can be no doubt, and the governments serving the neighbor islands as well as the City and County of Honolulu do deserve bigger slices of the revenue pie. But that correction must be made carefully, without causing even larger problems down the road. Login for more...



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