It's no secret that Hawaiʻi has had a high cost of living for many years. However, the stress of making ends meet has become more acute for a greater number of people in recent years.
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.
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.
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.
The figures from the Council on Revenues are in: there is enough added revenue from increased income taxes on the wealthy to pay for an expansion of the most successful anti-poverty tax credit currently available.
The new budget totals $20.8 billion compared with $17.5 billion for 2019. The 19 percent budget increase represents an additional $3.3 billion, most of which will be spent on capital improvement projects.