Shifting some of the state’s tax burden would result in a more equitable, and profitable, system.
Forty-four percent of the state’s tax revenue comes from the GET, a sales and use tax that imposes the second-largest burden in the nation for low-income earners.
The best tax systems give breaks to low-income households and collect more from those who have the most to spare. Hawaiʻi's system exacerbates inequality.
Here we briefly look at a few patterns in how the state is collecting and spending money gathered from revenue, both past and present.
Hawai‘i’s constitution is a crucial guiding document for how government carries out its functions. And one of the most critical functions is the collection and expenditure of funds.