As the moment of Gov. Abercrombie’s signing ceremony for SB232 approaches, debate has already begun on what benefits and consequences will occur once civil-unions become legal in Hawaii. The January edition of Hawaii Business featured a story on those issues written by Jerry Burris. The article focuses on the economical impacts of civil-unions and the lack of hard data to prove the arguments from either side.
Here are some of the interesting points from the article:
- Hawaii employers would see about a 1% increase in employee benefit costs.
- Hawaii would see revenue of $4 million to $40 million for the first four years after civil-unions become legal.
- The state of New Hampshire saved $400,000 a year on Medicaid payments after legalizing civil-unions.
For more information, check out the article: Legalizing Civil Unions-Boon or Bane for Hawaii’s Economy?