STAND. COM. REP. NO. 789

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2021

 

RE: H.B. No. 58

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 Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 58, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO STATE FUNDS,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to help the State address its current budgetary shortfall, caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, by:

 

(1) Temporarily reallocating conveyance tax revenues to pay the principal and interest of general obligation bonds; and

 

(2) Authorizing the issuance of general obligation bonds to be appropriated into and out of the Land Conservation Fund and Rental Housing Revolving Fund.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from the Hawaii Housing Finance and Development Corporation. Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Trust for Public Land, Kuaāina Ulu Auamo, Conservation Council for Hawaii, Nā Kālai Waa, Hawaii Land Trust, Livable Hawaii Kai Hui, Maunalua Fishpond Heritage Center, Hiipaka LLC, and two individuals. Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Land and Natural Resources, Department of Budget and Finance, and Tax Foundation of Hawaii.

As affirmed by the record of votes of the members of your Committee on Finance that is attached to this report, your Committee is in accord with the intent and purpose of H.B. No. 58, H.D. 1, and recommends that it pass Third Reading.

 

 

Respectfully submitted on behalf of the members of the Committee on Finance,

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair