Good news: The median income in Hawaiʻi went up in 2018. Bad news: Still can’t afford to buy a home.
Data is a powerful resource, informing the policies that impact our community; but, too often, indigenous populations have no control over the data that describes them, creating a disconnect between on-the-ground needs and top-down policy proposals.
Earnings for low- to middle-wage jobs have been stagnant since the 1980s in Hawai‘i and across the U.S. The news is even worse for Hawai‘i, though, as our state has the highest cost of living in the country.
Growing income inequality, a problem across the U.S., has adverse effects across society, but the primary way that it inhibits growth is by undermining educational opportunities for low-income keiki.
Hawaiʻi Budget and Policy Center Director Beth Giesting talks with Hawaiʻi Public Radio about what we can do here in Hawaiʻi to prepare for the next economic recession.
Giving massive tax cuts to those most able to help pay for critical social programs exacerbates inequality and stalls the economy—it's time for an overhaul.
Local healthcare clinics are feeling the effects of a proposed federal policy that would deny green cards to people who use public benefits like Medicaid.
Executive Director Beth Giesting on HPR's "The Conversation" talking about our latest report, a look back at the Great Recession, and what Hawaii can do to prepare for the next one.
Managing state spending during hard times is, well, hard; but the Great Recession has clear lessons about what services are just too critical to cut.
Economies that rely on just a few primary sectors comprised of, largely, low-wage jobs have a hard time weathering shocks, and it’s the workers who suffer most.