Creating Opportunity Through an Improved Tax Structure
Hawaiʻi’s inequitable tax structure places heavy financial burdens on those who can afford it the least, driving families into poverty. Our lowest income residents face the second highest state tax burden in the nation. Over 13% of their income goes to state and local taxes–almost twice the rate of the 7% paid by our most well-to-do residents.
In addition, Hawaiʻi’s cost of living is the highest in the nation. Hawaiʻi needs to fix its tax system to give all of our residents a chance to become self-sufficient and financially stable, to strengthen Hawaiʻi’s families, communities, and economy.