Honolulu, Hawaii



RE:    H.B. No. 2659

       H.D. 1

       S.D. 2




Honorable Ronald D. Kouchi

President of the Senate

Twenty-Ninth State Legislature

Regular Session of 2018

State of Hawaii




     Your Committee on Ways and Means, to which was referred H.B. No. 2659, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, entitled:




begs leave to report as follows:


     The purpose and intent of this measure is to establish a five-year Kapolei jobs initiative pilot program that provides a tax credit for businesses that establish themselves or open new locations in the Kapolei region.


     Your Committee received written comments in support of this measure from the Department of Business, Economic Development, and Tourism; Associa; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Coral Crater LLC; Hawaii Construction Alliance; Hunt Companies; James Campbell Company LLC; Kapolei Chamber of Commerce; Kapolei Commons; Makaha Mangoes; National Kidney Foundation of Hawaii; Oahu County Committee on Legislative Priorities of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Pacific Resource Partnership; Palehua Townhouse Association; Queen's Health Systems; Urgent Care Hawaii; Waianae High School; and nine individuals.


     Your Committee received written comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.


     Your Committee finds that job growth in the Kapolei region is a matter of community and state concern that affects employers and employees alike as households continue to outgrow the number of employment opportunities in the region.


     Your Committee has amended this measure by:


     (1)  Deleting the provisions that establish the Kapolei jobs initiative pilot program and converting all relevant tax credit language relating to that program into the new section of Hawaii Revised Statutes establishing a Kapolei jobs initiative tax credit;


     (2)  Amending the definition of "qualified business" to specify that, among other requirements, a qualified business shall provide a gross annual salary of $73,000 or more to each of at least half of its employees at the establishment in the designated geographic area; and


     (3)  Making technical nonsubstantive changes for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.


     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. 2659, H.D. 1, S.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2659, H.D. 1, S.D. 2.



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