Ige vetoes vacation rental tax collection bill

HONOLULU — Gov. David Ige on Tuesday said he would veto a bill that would require websites such as Airbnb to collect and pay taxes on behalf of short-term vacation rental hosts, saying he wants the state to coordinate with counties that have new regulations.

Ige said he’s concerned, if enacted, the measure would legitimize illegal vacation rental operations.

Advocates touted the revenue the measure would raise. Critics said it will hamper county efforts to tackle illegal rentals and exacerbate the state’s housing shortage.

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