Campaign 2010

Apr 14, 2010

New Report Confirms: If Charles Djou Had His Way Taxpayers in HI Would Be Forking Over More Money

A new report out today demonstrates just how disastrous Charles Djou’s wrongheaded priorities would be for families in Hawaii.

If Djou had his way, working people in Hawaii would face an average additional tax burden this year of $1,053.  And the 99 percent of people in Hawaii benefitting from tax breaks signed into law as part of the economic recovery act would be paying higher taxes.

"With April 15 approaching, voters in Hawaii will remember that Charles Djou opposed tax cuts benefitting 99 percent of working families and individuals in the Islands," said Andy Stone, Western Regional Press Secretary for the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.  "This is just another example in Charles Djou’s lengthy record of serving corporate special interests instead of the interests of middle class families in Hawaii."

Background

  • According to a report from Citizens for Tax Justice, 99 percent of working families and individuals in Hawaii benefitted from at least one of the tax cuts signed into law in the economic recovery package.  Additionally, working people in Hawaii received $1,053, on average, from these breaks. [Citizens for Tax Justice report, accessed 4/14/10]
  • At the Smart Business Hawaii annual conference, Djou outlined his opposition to the economic recovery package, which included the largest tax cut in American history, saying, “This is not the right way to run our government.” [Associated Press, 1/13/10]
  • Charles Djou told the Honolulu Advertiser that, “...(the federal stimulus plan) wasn't exactly the wisest way to spend the people's money and... [was] not the best use of taxpayer resources - just spending money to spend money.”  [Honolulu Advertiser, 6/29/09]

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