How lawmakers can strengthen the signature working families tax credit to truly help those who need it most.
Nearly half of Hawaiʻi’s residents struggle to make ends meet. What if a public program could give these families more economic security, improve health and educational attainment, and support upward mobility? There is such a program: It’s called the Earned Income Tax Credit.
Housing advocates want to open up the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to anyone – not just big banks.
Good news: The median income in Hawaiʻi went up in 2018. Bad news: Still can’t afford to buy a home.
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.
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.
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.