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Hawaiʻi Appleseed

The Hawai’i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is working to build a Hawai’i where everyone has genuine opportunities to achieve economic security and fulfill their potential. Hawaii Appleseed changes systems that perpetuate inequality through research, policy development, education, coalition building, and advocacy.

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Publications

  • Effects of Federal Tax Cuts in Hawai‘i: Correcting the Record

    Hawai‘i’s Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT) recently released a report, “The Impact of the Federal Tax Cut and Jobs Act (TCJA) on Hawai‘i Households,” which analyzed the effects of the new federal tax law on Hawai‘i households in 2018.  This report, which was featured in an article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, concluded that […]

  • Hawaiʻi Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing & Hawaiʻi’s Economy

    Finding affordable housing has long been a significant challenge for Hawaiʻi’s residents. Over the past decade, it has risen to crisis proportions. The growth of the vacation rental industry in recent years is exacerbating these problems. Over just the last two years, the number of VRUs has increased by 35 percent. One out of every […]

  • Senate Ways & Means chair blocks a bill to raise minimum wage to $15 an hour

    A Hawaii state senator is blocking a bill that would increase Hawaii’s minimum wage after a series of pay hikes that was enacted in 2014 came to an end this year. As of Jan. 1, the state minimum wage stands at $10.10. Arianna Espinoza says with that rate, she’s barely getting by working at a retail store in […]

  • New bill works towards equal pay in the workplace

    A bill at the State Capitol is gaining momentum in the movement to help women in the workplace earn just as much as their male counterparts. According to the Hawaii Appleseed Center, women in Hawaii make 16% less than men. “The problem is that women are paid less than men for doing the same work. […]

  • Gradually raise minimum wage

    In January 2015, Hawaii’s minimum wage increased by 50 cents in the first of four annual increases that have lifted the floor on hourly pay here to the current rate, $10.10. State lawmakers are now weighing whether it should be bumped up again — but there’s more cause for caution today than there was in […]

  • Hawaii School Breakfast Scorecard, School Year 2015-16

    All of Hawai‘i’s children deserve a good education that opens up opportunities for the rest of their lives. But hungry keiki can’t learn. In the face of some of the highest food costs in the nation, many Hawai‘i families can’t afford to provide their children with a healthy breakfast every morning. Even higher-income families often […]

  • Bill would raise minimum hourly wage to $15

    Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage would increase over two years to $15 by 2020 under a proposal advanced Tuesday by the Senate Labor Committee. Senate Bill 2291 would raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 an hour to $12.25 per hour in 2019, and to $15 per hour the following year — a 48 percent increase overall. […]

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

    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 […]