At City Council Professor Roth slays 'em on GE Tax vs. Property Tax:
From Honolulu Traffic
At a recent City Council hearing on taxes for rail, Professor Roth had a set to with Councilmember Ikaika Anderson over the issue of whether taxpayers should pay for rail with property taxes or GE Taxes. Professor Roth was making the point that if either tax raised the same amount of money then taxpayers were paying the same amount. Anderson was not having it. Either he did not understand how the GE Tax works, or he pretended not to. It was an interesting encounter available here.
Randy Roth's 3-minute video summation of the rail situation:
Here is Randy's wonderful summary of the rail situation as it is now, given to the City Council on June 22, 2017. It only takes three minutes but tells you what you need to know to oppose the rail project. View it here
A Trip Down Memory Lane with a word from Don Horner:
This video reminds us all of the delusional views of the political establishment about the projected rail transit project where, in their view, the costs were way overstated so we did not have to worry about cost overruns and, after all, this was all about a Quality of Life issue.
This was a talk given by Don Horner when on February 10, 2010 Mayor Mufi Hannemann hosted a rail transit public meeting update "Jobs, The Economy, And Our Island's Future." The public meeting included discussion with U.S. Sen. Dan Inouye's chief of staff, Jennifer Goto-Sabas, First Hawaiian Bank board chairman and Hawai'i Business Roundtable executive committee member Don Horner, and American Institute of Architects member Shaun Ushijima.”
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