24 Jan 2006

Hawaii governor proposes US$285m tax cut

11:53 am on 24 January 2006

Hawaii's Republican governor has proposed a 285 million US dollar tax cut for residents of the state.

KITV news reports Linda Lingle outlined her plan to lawmakers in her fourth State of the State speech this morning.

Miss Lingle said there would be 100 dollar per person credits to households earning less than 50-thousand dollars, and a one-time 150 dollar tax refund for all but the highest income taxpayers.

The governor also unveiled plans to increase funding to the public school system and curb the teacher shortage.

On the topic of traffic, Miss Lingle said she would apportion 137 million US dollars million for highway construction projects around the state.

One item in her plan is a new high-occupancy vehicle zipper lane on the H-1 Freeway.