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Raising wage floor just tip of solution


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Sep 02, 2013

~~<p>The drumbeat for raising the minimum wage has grown louder, especially in the approach to Labor Day, with the employees of the fast-food industry leading the charge. In cities on the mainland, Thursday became an occasion for strikes at the chain eateries, drawing attention to the workers' low earnings.</p>
<p>The movement didn't seem to have as much resonance in Hawaii, which is somewhat surprising: This state's minimum wage stands at the federal minimum, $7.25 an hour, despite the islands' high cost of living. There has been a push to raise the minimum wage in the state Legislature. Given the more recent improvement in the state's economy and the fact that there's been no raise for years, that proposal deserves more discussion next session.</p>
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The drumbeat for raising the minimum wage has grown louder, especially in the approach to Labor Day, with the employees of the fast-food industry leading the charge. In cities on the mainland, Thursday became an occasion for strikes at the chain eateries, drawing attention to the workers' low earnings.

The movement didn't seem to have as much resonance in Hawaii, which is somewhat surprising: This state's minimum wage stands at the federal minimum, $7.25 an hour, despite the islands' high cost of living. There has been a push to raise the minimum wage in the state Legislature. Given the more recent improvement in the state's economy and the fact that there's been no raise for years, that proposal deserves more discussion next session. Login for more...



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