A worker who makes more than $100,000 a year at a freight terminal could be eligible for a temporary tax break from the state of Hawaii.
State Sen. Mark Takahashi (D) and two fellow lawmakers introduced the bill on Wednesday, calling it a “freelance tax break for truckers.”
Takahashi said the proposal is an effort to help pay for infrastructure and a higher education system.
“We need to pay our fair share for the future, and I think this is a way for Hawaii to pay for that,” he said.
“It’s a way to get more people into the workforce, it’s a cost-cutting measure.”
Travis and his wife, Kelly, are among about 60 people who will be eligible.
The tax break will be applied retroactively to Jan. 1, 2019.
“I think it’s great,” Travis said.
“[We are] very excited about it.
It’s just a matter of putting it in place.”
The legislation is the latest in a series of efforts by Hawaii to cut taxes for businesses.
The state last year also began offering a 10 percent tax break on sales of goods and services to small businesses, which could be worth more than the current 3.8 percent state income tax rate.