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Tax Credits for the Poor, Emergency Contraception… And Bird Poop

·By civilbeat

Three of the 136 measures the Hawaii Senate passed Tuesday ahead of Thursday’s second-crossover deadline dealt with earned income tax credits, emergency contraception and feral birds.

With the lone objection from Republican Sen. Sam Slom, senators passed House Bill 385 to establish an earned income tax credit in Hawaii and require the state to offer poor Hawaii residents a basic financial education.

Slom said the estimated $23 million to be spent on the targeted tax credit is not the best way for the state to help low-income residents. He prefers reducing the