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Hawaii considers $25 tourist tax to cover fire, environmental damage

Posted on AllSides February 20th, 2024
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Feb. 20 (UPI) — Hawaiian lawmakers are considering a new $25 tax for visitors to offset an estimated $16 billion in damage left by the wildfires in Maui in 2023. The bill would also address the damaging environmental impact of tourism across the state. HB2406 would establish a Climate Health and Environmental Action Special Fund within in the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources, which would be funded by an “additional $25 tax on transient accommodations.” The tax would not apply for healthcare facilities, schools, gifted accommodations or for...

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