Entries by prodelas

Testimony needed: Support SB 301 SD1 (REITs taxation bill)

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ASAP to SUPPORT SB 301 SD1 (REITs taxation bill). REITs (Real Estate Investment Trusts) do a significant amount of business in Hawaii: REITs own approximately $17 billion worth of Hawaii real estate and earn about $1 billion in profits every year. Because of a loophole in state income tax law, Hawaii loses an […]

Testimony needed: Oppose SB 666 SD2 (Airport Corporation bill) with amendments

SUBMIT TESTIMONY ASAP to OPPOSE SB 666 SD2 (Airports Corporation bill) with amendments. We are concerned about how establishing an Airports Corporation would impact the future of people working at the airports. However, with the right language, SB 666 can be a means to protect working people throughout the airport system, help their jobs become […]

Several bills re: minimum wage scheduled for hearing on Thu. 1/31

Several bills re: minimum wage are scheduled for hearing this Thu. 1/30. For many years, we’ve supported raising the minimum wage. One job should be enough to live in Hawaii.   Let’s make it very clear that these bills need to be amended to provide a real living wage immediately that will make one job […]

Testimony needed: Support Bill 85

Last month, Honolulu City Council moved forward several bills re: vacation rentals. Tomorrow (Tue. 1/22) at 10:30am, Honolulu City Council’s Planning Committee will be hearing the bills. Vacation rentals take away what little affordable housing is left in Hawaii, renting it out short-term to tourists instead. We strongly support Bill 85 because we need strong […]

Tell Hawaii County Council to hold Airbnb accountable

After we opposed Bill 108 Draft 3 at Hawaii County Council’s Committee on Planning hearing on July 10, the committee agreed to postpone decision making. At their meeting on Tuesday, July 24 at 3:00p at West Hawai’i Civic Center, they will be discussing Bill 108 Draft 3 again. Submit testimony urging the Committee on Planning […]

Big Island residents: OPPOSE Bill 108 to protect affordable housing

Hawaii County Council’s Committee on Planning will be hearing Bill 108 Draft 3 on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:30am at Hawai’i County Building (25 Aupuni St. Hilo, HI). Bill 108 Draft 3 is a bad bill that needs to be opposed to protect our affordable housing from being turned into vacation rentals (aka short-term rentals, […]