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Address transportation and coastal infrastructure priorities

Q: What are your top two goals and how will you achieve them?

SCHATZ: My top two goals are to identify and then address Hawaii's transportation, housing, communications, and coastal infrastructure priorities. I believe that Hawaii will require additional funding and resources to address the current and future needs of our growing population, and as a member of the Appropriations and Commerce Committees, here are some of my infrastructure priorities that will help address these issues:

Source: Vote411.org League of Women Voters: 2016 Hawaii Senate Race , Sep 19, 2016

Complete improvements at Honolulu Airport and Nimitz Highway

    The Lieutenant Governor worked with the Department of Transportation to ensure the completion of infrastructure improvements. The projects at the Honolulu Airport include:
  1. The 'Ewa Pedestrian Breezeway Restoration and themes;
  2. International Arrivals Gates 24 & 25 repair work;
  3. International Arrivals Canopies replacement; and
  4. Planter and curb repair.
On Nimitz Highway, over 200 palms and 2 acres of grass were planted along the median. Major improvements were also made along Nimitz Highway and Ala Moana Boulevard including pavement resurfacing, relocation of electrical and telephone wires underground and removal of all wiring support poles. All of these improvements were much needed and provide long term benefit for residents and visitors beyond APEC.
Source: Lt. Gov. official website, ltgov.hawaii.gov , Dec 27, 2012

High technology tax incentive creates 800 jobs per year

Schatz describes himself as "pro-business and pro-environment." He counts as his greatest legislative accomplishment his support for Act 221, the high technology tax incentive. "It has created between 800 and 1,000 jobs per year," he says. "Good paying jobs in the range of $45,000 to $50,000." He also takes pride in the 2004 session's tripling of the Department of Education's school maintenance and repair budget
Source: Lt. Gov. Office press release , Oct 2, 2012

Voted YES on authorizing states to collect Internet sales taxes.

Congressional Summary: The Marketplace Fairness Act of 2013 authorizes each state to require all sellers with sales exceeding $1 million in the preceding calendar year to collect and remit sales and use taxes, but only if complying with the minimum simplification requirements relating to the administration of such taxes & audits.

Opponent's Argument for voting No (Cnet.com): Online retailers are objecting to S.743, saying it's unreasonable to expect small businesses to comply with the detailed--and sometimes conflicting--regulations of nearly 10,000 government tax collectors. S.743 caps years of lobbying by the National Retail Federation and the Retail Industry Leaders Association, which represent big box stores. President Obama also supports the bill.

Proponent's Argument for voting Yes: Sen. COLLINS. This bill rectifies a fundamental unfairness in our current system. Right now, Main Street businesses have to collect sales taxes on every transaction, but outbecause -of-state Internet sellers don't have to charge this tax, they enjoy a price advantage over the mom-and-pop businesses. This bill would allow States to collect sales taxes on Internet sales, thereby leveling the playing field with Main Street businesses. This bill does not authorize any new or higher tax, nor does it impose an Internet tax. It simply helps ensure that taxes already owed are paid.

Opponent's Argument for voting No: Sen. WYDEN: This bill takes a function that is now vested in government--State tax collection--and outsources that function to small online retailers. The proponents say it is not going to be hard for small businesses to handle this--via a lot of new computer software and the like. It is, in fact, not so simple. There are more than 5,000 taxing jurisdictions in our country. Some of them give very different treatment for products and services that are almost identical.

Reference: Marketplace Fairness Act; Bill S.743 ; vote number 13-SV113 on May 6, 2013

Strengthen infrastructure, including rail, dams, & Internet.

Schatz co-sponsored Rebuild America Act

Source: S.4 13-S0004 on Jan 22, 2013

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