Hawaii Gov. David Ige is bucking a trend by saying he intends to veto a bill that would allow online lodging services like Airbnb to collect taxes.
Airbnb says the company is collecting taxes in nearly 200 jurisdictions around the world and dozens more are clamoring to do the same.
Ige says he was concerned that the bill would facilitate illegal rentals. He also says the state does need additional vacation rentals to support its tourism industry, but he would rather have rental units available to residents than visitors during the state’s affordable housing crisis.
Airbnb executive Chris Lehane says the company just wants to pay their fair share of taxes. He says he can’t understand why the state would walk away from an estimated $15 million.