Hawaii House Speaker: Lift county cap on hotel tax
Updated On: Jan 15 2014 08:04:44 PM HST
Hawaii House Speaker Joseph Souki started the 2014 legislative session Wednesday by calling for lawmakers to remove a cap on how much counties can share in the state's hotel room taxes.
Souki said the state should think about building a greater partnership with the local governments that give services that help tourists.
Mayors have long called for the cap to be removed so the counties can pay for services used by tourists while they're on the islands.
On marijuana, Souki said the state should establish dispensaries where patients can buy legal medicinal marijuana with a prescription.
He also called for decreasing personal income taxes by allowing an increase implemented during a severe budget crisis to sunset as scheduled in 2015.
We'll have more on the opening day of the Legislature tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10.
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