As inflation pushes up prices, lawmakers consider slashing state tax on some necessities

House Bill 2414 would eliminate the general excise tax from diapers, certain foods and medicine.
House Bill 2414 would eliminate the general excise tax from diapers, certain foods and medicine.(Hawaii News Now)
Published: Mar. 19, 2022 at 11:42 AM HST|Updated: Mar. 19, 2022 at 10:26 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A state Senate committee Friday advanced a measure to make family necessities cheaper.

House Bill 2414 would eliminate the general excise tax from diapers, certain foods and medicine.

Officials said 10,000 Hawaii children live in poverty and inflation is pushing prices higher.

The Hawaii Food Industry Association said only three other states apply their full sales tax to food and medicine.

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