EARN in Hawaii

  • Hawaiʻi Appleseed

    Honolulu, Hawaii ·

    The Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice is working to build a Hawaii 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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Hawaii Network publications

  • The Effects of Boosting Hawaii’s Minimum Wage

    Raising the minimum wage to $17 by 2024 would give 269,000 Hawai‘i workers a pay increase. This means that, in 2024, about four in 10 Hawai‘i workers would earn roughly $4,356 more each year than they do today. This raise would especially help working women and parents in low- to middle-income households, helping to keep […]

  • A Public Investment

    Public workers and retirees make up 11 percent of the adult population of Hawai‘i. Nearly one out of every five adults aged 65 and older is a public worker retiree. Hawai‘i’s state and county governments employ more than 66,000 people who, if they meet eligibility requirements, will eventually receive pension and “other post-employment benefits” (OPEB) […]

  • Priced Out of Paradise

    THE VACATION RENTAL INDUSTRY has exponentially expanded with the growth of online home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb, Flipkey, and Homeaway. The state of Hawai‘i alone hosted approximately 23,000 vacation rental units (VRUs) in 2017, meaning one out of every 24 of our housing units is a VRU. While not every city has adopted such a comprehensive […]

  • Hawai‘i Budget Primer: An Overview of How Hawai‘i Invests in Our Future and Our People

    Hawai‘i has a new resource to help make better budget and tax policy decisions, coming online at a critical time in light of recent and upcoming events in Washington. The Hawai‘i Budget Primer serves as a starting point for a new effort to pull together data and information relating to the budget so policy makers, […]

  • 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 […]