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Working at minimum wage

Raising Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.25 is politically popular but, critics say, not business-friendly

By Vicki Viotti

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 03, 2013

The minimum wage has gone up many times since the first national standard was set in 1938. But each time, it seems there's been a battle. Now it's become an issue again, in both federal and Hawaii halls of government — the state Senate is poised to pass a measure to raise it. In this state, different formulas have been discussed: Senate Bill 331 would take the current minimum hourly rate of $7.25 and boost it in stages, between now and 2016, to $9.25. EQUITY SUMMIT

The minimum wage has gone up many times since the first national standard was set in 1938. But each time, it seems there's been a battle.

Now it's become an issue again, in both federal and Hawaii halls of government — the state Senate is poised to pass a measure to raise it. In this state, different formulas have been discussed: Senate Bill 331 would take the current minimum hourly rate of $7.25 and boost it in stages, between now and 2016, to $9.25. EQUITY SUMMIT Login for more...



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