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Monday, October 11, 2010
VIDEO: New ad hits Hanabusa on tax hikes, legislative pay raise
By Video @ 11:12 PM :: 6783 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment, National News, Ethics



HONOLULU-- The Hawaii Republican Party and Djou For Hawaii have released a TV ad, responding to the false allegations made about Charles Djou’s record while pointing out Colleen Hanabusa's troubling record.

"The fact is Colleen Hanabusa's handlers on the mainland have decided to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to lie about Charles' record and district voters from her own troubling record," said Dylan Nonaka, Hawaii Republican Party Executive Director.

"In this difficult economy, the last thing voters in Hawaii's first Congressional district want is a politician who has voted for just about every tax increase and government regulation imaginable, killing local jobs and paying off her union cronies," Nonaka concluded.

The ad, entitled “The Season,” is available to view HERE.


DJOU:  “I’m Charles Djou and I approve this message.”

ANNOUNCER:  “The warnings are sounding.  Across Hawaii, residents are preparing for the onslaught:

Mainland special interests running attack ads.

Lying about Charles Djou.

A smear campaign to mask Colleen Hanabusa’s troubling record.

Government regulations on small business that strangle local jobs.

$96 million tax hike on families.

She even took a pay raise during our financial crisis.

That’s Colleen Hanabusa’s record. Don’t be fooled.”

Below are just some of the tax increases and government regulations Colleen Hanabusa can claim in her record:

Tax increases:

  • —    3/8/2001: Hanabusa voted to eliminate the state income-tax cuts state lawmakers had made in 1998, a $200 million tax increase that increased income tax rates for every taxable income level. [S.B. 791]
  • —    3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted for a bill that would increase the liquid fuel tax, the state vehicle registration fee and the vehicle weight fee, and permanently increase the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax. [S.B. 1611]
  • —    3/12/2009: Hanabusa voted to tax all out-of-state Internet and mail order purchases. [S.B. 1678]
  • —    3/12/2009: Hanabusa voted for an increase of Hawaii’s general excise tax (GET), a tax imposed on Hawaii’s businesses when just ten years earlier she said that raising the GET would hurt her constituents. [S.B. 1346]
  • —    4/14/2009: Hanabusa voted for a one dollar increase of Hawaii’s annual barrel tax on petroleum products. [H.B. 1271]
  • —    4/14/2009: Hanabusa voted to authorize counties to impose a sales tax of up to one percent on the retail sale of tangible personal property. [H.B.1605]
  • —    4/22/2009: Hanabusa voted for a $96 million tax increase, giving Hawaii the highest income tax rate in the country. [H.B. 1747]   Also included in H.B. 1747, visitors paying $200 a night for a hotel room will pay an additional $4 in taxes by 2011
  • —    4/22/2009: Hanabusa voted to increase the rate of the transient accommodations tax. [S.B. 1111]
  • —    3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted to increase the tobacco tax on products other than cigarettes from 40 percent to 60 percent of the wholesale price. [S.B. 38]
  • —    4/22/2009: Hanabusa voted to increase the cigarette tax to 15 cents per cigarette. [H.B. 1175]
  • —    5/5/2009: Hanabusa voted to sunset and repeal tax credits in Hawaii. [S.B. 199]
  • —    3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted to create a new tax on individual  and entities that transfer a stock ownership interest. [S.B. 1230]
  • —    3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted for an increase of the conveyance tax on the sale of luxury and second homes. [S.B. 1277]

Government Regulations:

  • —   1/16/2009: Hanabusa introduced legislation to enact a new chapter of the Hawaii Revised Statutes to provide for the licensing and regulation of mortgage servicers that service residential mortgage loans secured by real property located in the State of Hawaii. [S.B. 889]
  • —   1/23/2009: Hanabusa introduced legislation to transfer regulation of private landfills from the counties to the Department of Health and establish a private landfill permit program administered by the Department of Health. [S.B. 472]
  • —   4/14/2009: Hanabusa voted for a card-check bill that would allow workers to be recognized as a union when a majority sign union cards. [H.B. 952]
  • —   3/17/2009: Hanabusa voted to create new state regulations for companies that supply broadband communications services.[S.B. 1680]
  • —   3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted to create new regulations and state oversight related to cemeteries and funeral trusts. [S.B. 661]
  • —   3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted to establish new regulations requiring respiratory care practitioners to be licensed by the state. [S.B. 1332]
  • —   3/10/2009: Hanabusa voted to change the state regulations relating to dentistry so that only licensed dentists can provide tooth whitening services. [S.B. 51]




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