The cost of food in Hawai’i has always been high, but recently there has been an increase in the price of food items. One of the cruelest things Hawai’i State Legislators have done was to tax food. It hurts the poor here and most of all, the Keiki (children).
In June of 2009, I snapped this picture of the price of food in our local Sak’n Save store in Hilo. Notice the price of Tomato’s. The locally grown tomato’s are more expensive than the tomato’s imported from the mainland. There are many reasons for that, but it boils down to the government making it more expensive for local farmers to do business. Another reason is that most farms are small, less than 25 acres, and the cost of fuel adds to the overall cost of produce.
The price of other products, such as milk and orange juice are extremely high. Hawai’i has a 4% tax on everything you purchase, and an additional half percent if you live on the island of O’ahu. They call this tax, the General Excise Tax or GET. The reason why O’ahu has an additional half percent tax is to fund the Country Surcharge Tax (CST) to fund the proposed transit rail system.
The good news is that the one lone Republican in the Hawaiian Senate, Senator Sam Slom, introduced a bill to exempt food and medical services from the general excise tax. Senate Bill 269 did pass the first reading and has a promise of passing, that is, if the Ways and Means committee doesn’t kill it, or Governor Neil “Krusty the Clown” Abercrombie veto’s the bill.
Although an exemption from the general excise tax would help to lower the costs of food and medical services, there are other factors in our future that will further push the price of goods and services. But why are prices going up? What about all that stimulus money that was suppose to create jobs?
The promise of Green Energy Technology has proven to be more expensive than traditional energy sources. The infrastructure doesn’t exist to handle wind and solar energies. Nuclear and oil energies are prohibited by this Socialist Regime. Expect to pay more, and more, and more.
What’s For Dinner?
Potato Leek Soup with Garlic Chives