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Hawaii Gov. Ige vetoes online lodging tax collection bill

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Gov. David Ige is saying no to a bill that would have allowed online lodging services like Airbnb to collect taxes.

The bill was pushed by Airbnb, which estimates it could collect about $15 million on behalf of the people using its website to rent out rooms in their homes.

Ige says he's concerned the bill could facilitate illegal rentals. He also says he'd like rental units available to residents instead of visitors during the state's homelessness and affordable housing crisis.

Tourism officials have said it's unfair to collect taxes only from hotels, and not from others that are in the same business.

Airbnb is collecting taxes in nearly 200 jurisdictions around the world and says dozens more want to do the same.

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