HAWAII: OPPORTUNITIES FOR WORKING FAMILIES MEETING

Hawaii flag Since 2003, the NCSL/AECF Partnership on Family Economic Success has held a yearly meeting to give lawmakers a chance to convene with their colleagues and discuss solutions to the challenges faced by low-income working families. Legislative leadership from 10 states send small teams of legislators to the forum. Participants hear from leading experts and practitioners and develop an action plan that is relevant to their state.

Read Hawaii's state action plans below including a list of attending legislators, priorities areas and legislative action by meeting participants related to their working families policy goals.

History of Participation

Hawaii has participated four times in the working families meeting. Here are the state action plans for Hawaii and a list of team members who have participated in our meeting from 2003-2013.

List of State Team Members from All Years

State Action Plans

2011
2009
2008
2007

All Hawaii State Action Plans and Participants

Legislative Action by Year

The following legislative actions were taken by team members in relation to their action plan. Legislative actions include follow up meetings with key stakeholders, constituent meetings and newsletters, statutory enactments and resolutions, appropriations, and the creation of legislative working groups.

  • HI (2010) - Appropriates $670,000 for financial education, IDAs and EITC outreach
  • HI HB 900 (2009) – Appropriates a total of $1,143,060 for social services such as referrals, case management and counseling, financial education, and the establishment of IDAs (building on an existing IDA program).
  • HI HB 200 (2009) – Appropriates $198,000 to expand awareness of the federal EITC for low-income families in Honolulu county.

  • HI SCR 92 (2008) - Establishes the Hawai’i State Asset Building and Financial Education Task Force to provide recommendations regarding universal, matched savings accounts for newborns; statewide standards for financial and economic education for public and private-sector employees; and the elimination of asset limits as a bar to eligibility for public benefit programs. 

    In 2010 the Task Force released a report with their recommendations.