Hotel tax increase alive, raid of county portions dead


POSTED: Tuesday, May 05, 2009

A bill that would have diverted hotel room tax revenues from county governments has died in the state Legislature.

An editorial on Page 33 of Friday's Star-Bulletin mistakenly said legislators were backing away from an increase in the tax rather than from the county diversion. In fact, the bill calling for the increase has been approved by the Legislature, but is expected to be vetoed by Gov. Linda Lingle. Legislators have not indicated whether they will try to override that veto should it happen.