State may raise asset limits for public assistance

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Public assistance recipients might be able to put away more in savings under a proposal before the state legislature.

A Senate committee on Tuesday advanced a bill that asks the state Department of Human Services to study the impact of doubling Hawaii's asset limit for government aid participants from $5,000 to $10,000.

The bill has received support in hearings throughout the session from the Office of Hawaiian Affairs, the Bridge to Hope program and the Hawaii Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development, among others.

The proponents say asset limits force public assistance applicants to spend down their savings to qualify for aid. The limits also make it harder for those who receive government assistance to save enough to become self-sufficient.

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