School tax question to appear on November ballot

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A judge has denied a motion by the counties to keep a proposal to that calls for adding a new property tax off ballots this November.

The question asks “Shall the legislature be authorized to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on investment real property to be used to support public education?”

The counties claimed the question was vague and misleading because the purpose of the vote is to expand property tax powers to the state.
     
The Hawaii teachers union called the ruling a victory for Hawaii’s keiki.

Today was a victory for Hawaii’s keiki. Hawaii has become a haven for outside
millionaires and luxury developers who treat our aina like a commodity. If the 1% want to call Hawaii home then they should be giving back-and that starts with paying their fair share to ensure our children get the quality education they deserve.

-Corey Rosenlee
President of the Hawaii State Teachers Association (HSTA)
 

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