2020 COST OF LIVING INITIATIVE

According to ALICE: A Study of Financial Hardship in Hawaii by Aloha United Way, half of our households are struggling to make ends meet including for paying for housing, food, and transportation. To address the high cost of living in Hawaii, State Senate and House leaders, Governor David Ige, and community business organizations including the Hawaii Community Foundation and Hawaii Executive Collaborative, have joined together to support a joint legislative package, also called the 2020 Cost of Living Initiative, that aims to increase opportunity for families in our state.

This 2020 Cost of Living Initiative focuses on four areas: increasing wages and tax credits for working families, creating long-term affordable housing solutions, improving aging school facilities, and providing early learning access to all 3- and 4- year olds by 2030.

You can also learn more about Hawaii residents’ financial state-of-affairs by reading the ALICE report (2017), the Hawaii Financial Health Pulse Report (2020), and recent news coverage about the bills below.

Alice Infographic

2020 Cost of Living
Bill Package Overview

This pdf provides an overview of each bill in the joint legislative package and how it aims to address cost-of-living challenges in Hawaii.

School Facilities Initiative

School Facilities Initiative
SB3103 - RELATING TO A SCHOOL CONSTRUCTION AUTHORITY

Plans to build and design new schools by leveraging underutilized school lands.

Working Families

Working Families
HB2541 - RELATING TO HELPING WORKING FAMILIES

This bill proposes to $70 million in annual tax relief by making the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) refundable and permanent and increasing the food/excise credit by 36% to $150.

Change Framework

HB2543
Relating to Access to Learning

This bill is intended to provide all 3- and 4-year-olds access to early childcare and learning opportunities by 2030.

Coming Soon
Change Framework

SB3104
RELATING TO LAND DEVELOPMENT

This bill asserts that it will address a need for 50,000 housing units by 2050. This measure would authorize $275 million in GO Bonds for infrastructure and development of affordable housing.

Coming Soon
The data

Keep up-to-date on what this joint legislative bill package means for Hawaii and how it could impact our local communities.

Considering cost of living at the legislature

February 25, 2020
The Garden Island

Bill would dramatically expand preschool options in Hawaii

February 23, 2020
Honolulu Star-Advertiser

Event focuses on creating real CHANGE in Hawaii

February 14, 2020
Hawaii Business Magazine – Podcast with full audio program to come

Early Education To Expand But Lawmakers Grapple With What That Means

February 10, 2020
Hawaii Public Radio

Hawaii lawmakers debate child care and early learning goals

February 12, 2020
Hawaii News Now

Measure could put early learning classes in Hawai‘i Libraries

February 5, 2020
Hawaii News Now

House, Senate introduce economic bill package for Hawaii's working class

February 4, 2020
Pacific Business News

Financial Health Pulse Report recommends changes across sectors

January 31, 2020
Hawaii News Now

Join to help Hawaii’s ALICE population

January 29, 2020
Star-Advertiser

Hawaii CEO’s push for pre-k education

January 24, 2020
Hawaii News Now

Governor, lawmakers support boost to minimum wage

January 14, 2020
Hawaii News Now

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