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A tax on vacant units could provide housing crisis relief, if done right

On any given day, hundreds of Hawaiʻi residents struggling with homelessness can be found hanging on as best they can under the lengthy pall of Kakaʻako's modern day ivory towers.

Governor Ige signed HB 209, a win for working families and children!

On July 10, 2017, Governor David Ige signed HB 209, a bill creating a non-refundable state Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) worth up to 20 percent of the federal EITC. With this new law, Hawai‘i joins 28 other states and D.C. in offering a state-level EITC to help working families keep more of their earnings.

It is estimated that the new tax credit will provide $130 million in tax relief for low-income and working-class families over its first 6…