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HSTA introduces sweeping education omnibus bill for 2016 legislative session

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA) today announced the introduction of an ambitious 10-part education omnibus bill designed to dramatically improve Hawai‘i’s school system. The bill will be introduced during the upcoming 2016 legislative session.

To fund the improvements to Hawai‘i’s educational system, the HSTA is proposing a one percent increase in the State General Excise Tax (GET). Because of the regressive nature of the GET, HSTA is also proposing an increase in the food/excise tax credit and rental excise tax credit so that the GET increase will be minimized for lower income families. To pay for anti-regressive nature of the bill HSTA is proposing that ACT 60, an income tax on the wealthy, which expired last year be reenacted.

To raise awareness of the omnibus bill, HSTA will be holding a rally at the State Capitol on February 5 from 3-6 pm and is inviting teachers, students and parents to participate in support of improving education in Hawai‘i.

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