Publications

Struggling to Make Ends Meet: The Need for a Working Family Credit

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This report summarizes findings from the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law & Economic Justice and QMark Research poll conducted in 2016 that revealed that nearly half of Hawai‘i families are living paycheck to paycheck.

It also found that six out of seven survey respondents support the concept a tax credits that let working families keep more of what they earn. In Hawai‘i, there are many, many working families who are…

State of Poverty 2016

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In April 2016, the Hawai‘i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released a report entitled “The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.” The report brings together the most recent available data to provide a snapshot of how low-income residents have fared after the economic recovery.

While some indicators have improved, families continue to struggle. Hawai‘i has the highest cost of living but the…

Financial Struggles of Hawaiʻi’s Working Families

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Hawaiʻi Appleseed’s 2016 survey found that almost half of Hawaiʻi residents describe their financial situation as surviving “paycheck to paycheck.” The vast majority flag high housing costs and low wages as major concerns as well as support tax credits that let working families keep more of what they earn.

The telephone survey of 503 Hawaiʻi residents, conducted by QMark Research in February 2016, revealed the…

Creating a State Earned Income Tax Credit

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The Earned Income Tax Credit is a federal tax credit that helps families work their way into the middle class. Since its inception in 1975, the federal EITC has been hailed as the most effective anti-poverty program in the U.S., improving the futures of low- and moderate-income workers and that of their communities. To read the entire report, click here.

Building a Stronger Hawaiʻi

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Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families

In November 2013, Hawaiʻi Appleseed released a report entitled Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families, outlining our 5 policy strategies we aim to pursue in the 2014 legislative session.

Gambling with Paradise: The Effect of Gambling on Low-Income Individuals, Families, and Communities

The Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice has released a report entitled Gambling With Paradise: The Effect of Gambling on Low-Income Individuals, Families, and Communities. Click here to read the full report.

For years, the gaming lobby has pushed hard to legalize gambling and this legislative session is no different. More than ten pro-gambling bills were introduced this session, including proposals for a lottery, a Waikiki casino, shipboard…

Hawaiian Hope: Native Hawaiian Issues Project Report

In Summer 2012, two of Hawai‘i Appleseed’s interns researched various legal issues encountered by Native Hawaiians. This report summarizes their findings.…

The State of Poverty in Hawaiʻi and How to Restore our Legacy of Fairness

In April 2012, the Hawaiʻi Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice released the report entitled The State of Poverty in Hawaiʻi and How to Restore our Legacy of Fairness, providing details on how the recession has more negatively affected Hawaiʻi’s poor. Click here to read the full report.…

Is Hawaiʻi a Good Parent?

In December 2010, we released our first policy brief on the systemic failures to support foster youth. Click here to read the report in full.

Children in foster care often come from difficult pasts and have uncertain futures. Lacking alternatives, they are dependent upon government agencies to provide them with crucial services. Such services are not only necessary to promote and safeguard the current health and well-being of these children, but also…