Potential Impact of HB444 on the State of Hawai’i

By Naomi G. Goldberg, Brad Sears, M.V. Lee Badgett
June 2010

This memo summarizes current research about the potential impact on the State of Hawai’i of HB444 HD1 SD1: Relating to Civil Unions on the state economy and budget. We estimate that between 569 and 1,285 same-sex couples will enter civil unions in the first four years that registration is available. Over twenty studies conducted during the past ten years, including by a number of state governments and the Congressional Budget Office, suggest that HB444 will have positive fiscal effects. Our analysis is consistent with a recent analysis of the HB444 conducted by researchers at the University of Hawai’I showing measurable and positive effects.

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