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.
Automatic voter registration (AVR) is quickly gaining supporters nationally, not only as a way of increasing the number of potential voters, but also as a way of ensuring more accuracy in voter rolls.
Housing advocates want to open up the state’s Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to anyone – not just big banks.
Although diversity can make the decision-making process more challenging, it can also “unbias” decision-making and help promote ideas that, by their nature, more accurately reflect the common good.
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.
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.
The first of a two-part analysis of the results of the increasingly opaque state budget process this past legislative session, and what we can expect in terms of revenues, funding and expenditures for the upcoming 2020 fiscal year that begins July 1, 2019.
Shifting some of the state’s tax burden would result in a more equitable, and profitable, system.
Forty-four percent of the state’s tax revenue comes from the GET, a sales and use tax that imposes the second-largest burden in the nation for low-income earners.