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State House passes bill to increase minimum wage

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:23 p.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014

State House lawmakers passed a bill Tuesday that will raise the minimum wage in Hawaii. 

In its current form, the bill raises Hawaii's minimum wage by 50 cents beginning next year and by 75 cents a year until it hits $10 an hour in 2018. 

It doubles the existing tip credit to 50 cents but restricts it to employees whose wages and tips together exceed the minimum wage by at least $7 an hour. The tip credit is the amount an employer can withhold from the wages of a worker who also earns tips.

However, the measure's details may still have to be hammered out in conference with the Senate.

Hawaii's minimum wage has been $7.25 an hour since 2007.

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fairgame947 wrote:
This along with a 12.8% increase n HMSA for the small business will put them OUT of business.
on April 8,2014 | 05:55PM
localguy wrote:
Expect small businesses to start laying off workers, they can no longer afford to pay them plus all the other bills our dysfunctional government sticks them with. Just another day in the Nei.
on April 8,2014 | 07:44PM
roadsterred wrote:
Oh my goodness! This displays such great courage on the part of our Liberal/Progressive legislators. What next? Allowing OHA to develop high rise condos makai of Ala Moana Boulevard. Show courage and support the failed Hawaii Health Connector. Support Brian Shatz and Neil Abercrombie. Push for an Obama Presidential Library in Hawaii. Stand tall with Senator Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi. ACA is working. 7.1 million enrollees out of the 30 to 40 million uninsured and the 6 million who lost their healthcare.
on April 8,2014 | 06:21PM
KB wrote:
we should have names on" who brings up each bill" and the reasons why ...vs ...noncommittal process ; .this may slow down lobbying, save time and help us re-elect problem solving legislators .
on April 8,2014 | 06:54PM
century2 wrote:
They do. Senator Hee introduced SB2609. See http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/measure_indiv.aspx?billtype=SB&billnumber=2609&year=2014
on April 8,2014 | 09:34PM
serikloo wrote:
What gets to me is they keep on saying that the minimum wage has not risen since 2007. Do they also acknowledge that other people's wages were actually decreased or even worse how many lost their jobs during that same time period. At least they had a job at a steady pay. While I do feel that the minimum wage should be a minimum living wage, I'm not sure how everyone will afford it. Small businesses and consumers alike.
on April 9,2014 | 12:17AM
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