STAND. COM. REP. NO. 1026-22

 

Honolulu, Hawaii

, 2022

 

RE: H.B. No. 2510

H.D. 2

 

 

 

 

Honorable Scott K. Saiki

Speaker, House of Representatives

Thirty-First State Legislature

Regular Session of 2022

State of Hawaii

 

Sir:

 

Your Committee on Finance, to which was referred H.B. No. 2510, H.D. 1, entitled:

 

"A BILL FOR AN ACT RELATING TO INCOME,"

 

begs leave to report as follows:

 

The purpose of this measure is to:

 

(1) Make the state Earned Income Tax Credit refundable and permanent and allow carrying forward of nonrefundable credits previously claimed;

 

(2) Increase and amend the refundable Food/Excise Tax Credit;

 

(3) Increase the minimum wage rate incrementally beginning on January 1, 2023, up to $18.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2030, and increase the tip credit over the same period;

 

(4) Require the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to annually adjust the minimum wage rate and tip credit beginning on July 1, 2030;

 

(5) Amend the Household and Dependent Care Tax Credit to apply to expenses paid for the care of a qualifying individual, regardless of age; and

 

(6) Increase the cap on revenues that may be deposited into the Tax Administration Special Fund, authorize the fund to also be used for outreach to educate low-wage earners about their withholding options and to provide support when completing their withholding forms, and appropriate funds for this outreach.

 

Your Committee received testimony in support of this measure from one member of the Hawaii County Council, Rainbow Family 808, and seven individuals.

 

Your Committee received testimony in opposition to this measure from the Hawaii Workers Center, American Association of University Women of Hawaii, Hawaii Health & Harm Reduction Center, Hawaii Clubhouse Advocacy Coalition, Democratic Party of Hawaii Labor Caucus, Pono Hawaii Initiative, RaiseUp Hawaii Coalition, Kanalani Ohana Farm, Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action, HOPE Services Hawaii, Iron Workers Stabilization Fund, IATSE Local 665, Imua Alliance, Democratic Party of Hawaii Education Caucus, National Federation of Independent Business, UNITE HERE! Local 5 Hawaii, Our Revolution Hawaii, Raise Up Hawaii Kauai, Society of Human Resource Management Hawaii, Hawaiian Chip Company, and numerous individuals.

 

Your Committee received comments on this measure from the Department of Taxation; Department of Labor and Industrial Relations; Department of Budget and Finance; Hawaii Restaurant Association; Faith Action for Community Equity; Americans for Democratic Action of Hawaii; Tax Foundation of Hawaii; Retail Merchants of Hawaii; Stonewall Caucus of the Democratic Party of Hawaii; Hawaii Children's Action Network Speaks!; Grassroot Institute of Hawaii; Hawaii Petroleum Marketers Association; United Public Workers, AFSCME Local 646, AFL-CIO; Living Wage Hawaii; Hawaii Food Industry Association; Kauai Women's Caucus; Maui Chamber of Commerce; Hawaii State AFL-CIO; Chamber of Commerce Hawaii; Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Association; Hawaii Public Health Institute; Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice; League of Women Voters of Hawaii; and numerous individuals.

 

Your Committee has amended this measure by:

 

(1) Increasing the minimum wage rate to $13.00 beginning on January 1, 2023, and incrementally up to $18.00 per hour beginning January 1, 2028, and increasing the tip credit over the same period;

 

(2) Removing the provisions amending the refundable Food/Excise Tax Credit and Household and Dependent Care Tax Credit;

 

(3) Removing the provisions that require the Department of Labor and Industrial Relations to annually adjust the minimum wage rate and tip credit beginning on July 1, 2030;

 

(4) Removing the provisions that increase the cap on revenues that may be deposited into the Tax Administration Special Fund, authorize the fund to also be used for outreach to educate low-wage earners about their withholding options and to provide support when completing their withholding forms, and appropriate funds for this outreach;

 

(5) Making it effective upon its approval; and

 

(6) Making technical, nonsubstantive amendments for the purposes of clarity, consistency, and style.

 

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. 2510, H.D. 1, as amended herein, and recommends that it pass Third Reading in the form attached hereto as H.B. No. 2510, H.D. 2.

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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SYLVIA LUKE, Chair