Marriage equality would help Hawaiian economy

Rainbow flag and palm treeBY ZACK FORD

new study from University of Hawai’i economics professor Sumner La Croix suggests that if Hawai’i lawmakers pass the proposed marriage equality legislation, it could provide a significant boost to the state’s economy. Same-sex couples that visit the state to marry, out-of-state guests for same-sex weddings, and same-sex couples who honeymoon there would all generate new tax revenues. The ultimate benefit could be somewhere between $46 million and $258 million over the 2014-2016 period. Conversely, marriage equality is not expected to burden either public or private employers with substantial increases in health insurance expenditures for employees.


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