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Potential Impact of HB444 the State of Hawai’i


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 the following 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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