Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 1270

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 1




Honorable Shan S. Tsutsui

President of the Senate

Twenty-Sixth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2011

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to require the Department of Taxation to evaluate certain tax credits, exclusions, and exemptions and report to the Legislature.


Furthermore, this measure schedules the repeal of certain tax credits, exclusions, and exemptions.


     Your Committee received comments in support of this measure from Frederick D. Pablo, Director, Department of Taxation.


     Your Committee received comments in opposition to this measure from Richard C. Lim, Interim Director, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Karen Seddon, Executive Director, Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation, Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Timothy E. Steinberger, Director, City and County of Honolulu, Department of Environmental Services; Eugene K. Jimenez, Housing Director, Kauai County Housing Agency; Rick Keene, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Queen's Medical Center; Tim Lyons, Legislative Chairman, Aloha Society of Association Executives; Tim Lyons, Legislative Liaison, The Legislative Center; David M. Nakamura, Executive Director, The Mutual Housing Association of Hawaii; Betty Lou Larson, Legislative Liaison, Catholic Charities Hawaii; Steve Colon, President, Hunt Development Corp; Charles Ota, Vice President, Military Affairs, The Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii; Nathaniel Kinney, Director of Organizing and Business Development, International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, District Council 50; Carol Pregill, President, Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Rev. Alan Mark, State President, Faith Action for Community Equity; Claire Ridding-Johnston, Project Director, Island Palm Communities; Jerry Schmitz, Project Director, Hickam Communities; Charles E. Spiegel, Managing Director/Owner, Protech Roofing, LLC; Kevin R. Carney, Vice President, Hawaii, EAH Housing; Oren Chikamoto, American Fraternal Alliance; Oren Chikamoto, American Council of Life Insurers; Joel K. Matsunaga, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President, Hawaii Bioenergy, LLC; Douglas M. Goto, Executive Vice President, Pacific Guardian Life; Josepth J. Annotti, President and Chief Executive Officer, American Fraternal Alliance; Brenda Ching, Chair, Hawaii Film and Entertainment Board; Hawaii Carpenters Union; Inter-Island Solar Supply; Craig Hirai, Chair, Hawaii Association of Realtors; Iain S. Wood, President, Ship Repair Association of Hawaii;  Lon K. Okada, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Inc.; Gary M. Slovin, Covanta Energy Corporation; Gary M. Slovin/Mihoko E. Ito, Wyndham Worldwide; Stacey Katakura White, Chief Financial Officer, ForestCity Hawaii; Stanford S. Carr, President, Stanford Carr Development, LLC; Makani Maeva, Director, Vitus; Healthcare Association of Hawaii; Henry Fordham, Acting Business Representative, IATSE Local 665; and twenty-eight individuals.


     Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Tax Foundation of Hawaii; Stefanie Sakamoto, Hawaii Credit Union League; Brad L. Hewitt, Thrivent Financial for Lutherans; and Carl A. Anderson, Supreme Knight, Knights of Columbus.


     Your Committee finds that there is presently little or no legislative oversight with regard to the tax credits, exemptions, and exclusions granted under state law to certain segments of the community.  Your Committee further finds that the need for statistical information regarding these tax credits, exemptions, and exclusions is clear, especially the ones relating to business and economic development.


     Your Committee has amended this measure as follows:


(1)  Requiring taxpayers to submit the statistical reports regarding certain tax credits, exclusions, and exemptions to the Department of Taxation independently of their claims or returns;


(2)  Requiring the Department of Taxation to review and study the list of tax credits, exclusions, and exemptions instead of providing for their scheduled repeal;


(3)  Adding and deleting certain tax credits, exclusions, and exemptions to and from the list; and


(4)  Changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, in order to facilitate continued discussion of the measure.


     As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Ways and Means that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 1270, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, and be placed on the calendar for Third Reading.


Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Ways and Means,