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The Impact of Civil Unions on Hawai`i’s Economy and Government

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  • Sumner La Croix

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    (Professor, Department of Economics, University of Hawai`i -Mānoa)

  • Kimberly Burnett

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    (Assistant Specialist, University of Hawai`i Economic Research Organization, University of Hawai`i - Mānoa)

Abstract

On 29 April 2010, the Hawai`i State Legislature passed HB 444, a measure that allows same-sex and opposite-sex couples to enter into civil unions. This report provides quantitative and qualitative measures of the impact of civil unions on the Hawai`i economy, Hawai`i businesses, and the State of Hawai`i’s budget. More specifically, we examine the effect of civil unions on tourism arrivals to Hawai`i; state government revenues and expenditures; employer provision of health insurance to civil union partners and their dependents; and the family with civil union partners. We conclude that the Legalization of civil unions in Hawai`i will have only a very minimal impact on any aspect of Hawai`i’s economy and state government operations.

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Paper provided by University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization, University of Hawaii at Manoa in its series Working Papers with number 2010-06.

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Length: 18 pages
Date of creation: May 2010
Date of revision: Feb 2011
Handle: RePEc:hae:wpaper:2010-06

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