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 working families who are doing their best, but could use assistance. A Working Family Credit is one way to help them. Read the full report.

Almost 6 in 10 Hawai’i households with children struggle from paycheck to paycheck.


Over 1/3 of Native Hawaiians report that they’ve struggled to afford food.

Almost half of households making less than $50K per year report that they’ve struggled to pay for their housing.



Almost 9 out of 10 Hawai’i residents think low wages are a very serious or important problem in our state.



Over 8 in 10 registered Hawai’i voters support a Working Family Credit to help low-income and working-class families make ends meet.