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Battle over wage heats up

New bills advance in the House and Senate raising the minimum by at least $2 an hour

By Derrick DePledge

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 13, 2014

~~<p>State Sen. Clayton Hee challenged the Senate on Wednesday to hear a new minimum wage bill while labor and social-service advocates warned lawmakers not to let a pay raise for low-income workers drift into the morass of election-year political maneuvering.</p>
<p>A minimum wage increase failed last session under murky circumstances involving the tip credit &mdash; the amount businesses can deduct from restaurant staff and other workers who earn tips. This session, Hee, chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, and Rep. Mark Nakashima, chairman of the House Labor and Public Employment Committee, have advanced new bills that would increase the minimum wage, link future adjustments to the Consumer Price Index, and eliminate the tip credit entirely.</p>
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State Sen. Clayton Hee challenged the Senate on Wednesday to hear a new minimum wage bill while labor and social-service advocates warned lawmakers not to let a pay raise for low-income workers drift into the morass of election-year political maneuvering.

A minimum wage increase failed last session under murky circumstances involving the tip credit — the amount businesses can deduct from restaurant staff and other workers who earn tips. This session, Hee, chairman of the Senate Judiciary and Labor Committee, and Rep. Mark Nakashima, chairman of the House Labor and Public Employment Committee, have advanced new bills that would increase the minimum wage, link future adjustments to the Consumer Price Index, and eliminate the tip credit entirely. Login for more...



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