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Hawaii Senate committee approves minimum wage jump

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 04:02 p.m. HST, Feb 27, 2013

A proposal to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage has passed the Senate Committee on Ways and Means and now heads to the full Senate for a vote.

Advocates of the bill include nonprofit organizations that say the move would help people who earn minimum wage keep pace with Hawaii’s high cost of living. 

They say that some Hawaii residents are forced into homelessness because they can’t afford to pay rent despite being employed. 

Hawaii’s business community staunchly opposes the measure, saying that the increase will force many businesses to cut jobs and do more harm than good.

Senate Minority Leader Sam Slom told committee members that minimum wage is a “job destroyer.”

The debate in the Hawaii state Legislature mirrors the national debate over President Obama’s minimum wage increase proposal.

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ISCREAM wrote:
Let me be the first to invite Governor Abercrombie and Senator Ige to my business when we start laying people off...they can explain it to them.
on February 27,2013 | 05:07PM
soundofreason wrote:
Maybe they can carpool our people to the unemployment office while they're there. THAT would be handy.
on February 27,2013 | 05:40PM
soundofreason wrote:
"Advocates of the bill include nonprofit organizations that say the move would help people who earn minimum wage keep pace with Hawaii’s high cost of living. " >> Kind of hard for the 1 in 6 employees at our company to keep pace when he no longer has a job. I'm 'a thinkin'. But I'm not as "edumacated" as our politicians on such things. Maybe if employees did things to make themselves WORTH more.........they'd get PAID more. How is this the fault of employers?
on February 27,2013 | 05:38PM
Ronin006 wrote:
Why must the minimum wage be a so-called “living wage?” It is ridiculous to think that dish washers, bus persons and other unskilled laborers must be paid enough to allow them to buy a home, luxury car or support a family, but that apparently what Obama believes and what our state legislators believe. Raising the minimum wage a dollar or two over the next two years will not give workers a living wage, but definitely drive up significantly the cost of a Big Mac, Whopper, taco or your favorite pizza. Sam Sloan is the only legislator with his head screwed on right.
on February 27,2013 | 05:55PM
soundofreason wrote:
Shouldn't a story like this have a dollar sign somewhere in it indicating some numerical value involved? Minor detail.
on February 27,2013 | 06:01PM
ISCREAM wrote:
Sad part is what is going to happen to our kapuna and those on fixed income...going to be big increase in inflation but that is what the Governor wants...makes his debt less valuable, not as urgent to pay off. I see $6 milk and gar right a way.
on February 27,2013 | 09:16PM
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