Coming soon: Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center

Hawai‘i Appleseed is creating a new center focused on research and analysis of state budget and tax policy—the Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center (HBPC). On August 24th, we had the opportunity to provide a preview of the HBPC at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation’s Advancing Non-Profit Excellence Conference.

Nick Johnson from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities based in Washington D.C., discussed how proposed federal budget and tax policies will affect Hawai‘i.

Hawai‘i Appleseed Co-Directors Victor Geminiani and Gavin Thornton followed up with a presentation on the challenges currently facing Hawai‘i, and how the new budget center will serve as an important resource to policy makers and the community by using concrete data and reliable analysis to help craft more efficient and effective policy solutions to poverty and inequality.

The Hawai‘i Community Foundation (HCF) has posted the video of the presentation here. A big mahalo to HCF for hosting a great conference to inspire nonprofits in Hawai‘i to strengthen their advocacy muscle and help educate leaders and shape public policies in our state.

Nick Johnson from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Hawai‘i Appleseed Co-Director Gavin Thornton respond to questions at the Advancing Non-Profit Excellence Conference on August 24th.

The new Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center will be a member of the State Priorities Partnership—a national network of more than 40 budget and policy centers coordinated by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

Each center is recognized as its home state’s “go-to” source of independent, relevant, timely, understandable and impactful research and analysis of budget and tax policy. State Priorities partners use evidence and analysis to advance policies that give more people the opportunity to prosper.

Watch this video to learn about the work of the State Priorities Partnership:

We are thrilled about the HBPC, the tremendous support it is already receiving from the community, and the potential it holds in strengthening Hawai‘i and reducing poverty and inequality in years to come. If you are interested in keeping up with the HBPC’s work, sign up for the mailing list. Be the first to know when the HBPC officially launches in the coming months.

Hawai‘i Budget and Policy Center in the news:
August 24, 2017, Star Advertiser – Nonprofits plan for potentially deep cuts
August 28, 2017, Star Advertiser – Safety net must be strengthened