STAND. COM. REP. NO. 523

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: H.B. No. 133

H.D. 1

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2021

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Economic Development, to which was referred H.B. No. 133 entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO CAPITAL GAINS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to increase the Capital Gains Tax threshold from 7.25 percent to nine percent.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Young Progressives Demanding Action, Americans for Democratic Action Hawaii, Planned Parenthood Votes Northwest and Hawaii, Pono Hawaii Initiative, Imua Alliance, Democratic Party of Hawaii Education Caucus, Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center, Hawaii State Teachers Association, Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!, Hawaii Budget & Policy Center, and eighteen individuals. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Honolulu County Republican Party; Kauai Sea Farms, LLC; and five individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

 

Your Committee finds that the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic will require the State to look for additional ways to make up for the loss of state revenues, such as an increase in the Capital Gains Tax. This measure provides the State with such an option through the collection of additional revenue, which can be used to support the critical programs and services that serve the general public.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by changing the effective date to July 1, 2050, to encourage further discussion.

 

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Economic Development that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 133, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Second Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 133, H.D. 1, and be referred to your Committee on Finance.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Economic Development,

 

 

 

 

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SEAN QUINLAN, Chair