Tax bill’s impact on Hawaii residents debated

  • House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis., speaks during a bill passage event on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, to acknowledge the final passage of tax cut legislation by congress. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
  • Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer of N.Y., right, standing with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, on the passage of legislation that overhauls U.S. tax law. The massive $1.5 trillion tax package affects everyone's taxes but is dominated by breaks for business and higher earners. Democrats call the legislation a boon to the rich that leaves middle-class and working Americans behind. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

KAILUA-KONA — The head of a tax watchdog group and a Big Island legislator offered starkly opposing views to the precise effect the tax bill Congress passed Wednesday will have on Hawaii residents.