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Don't scuttle wage hike over tip-credit issue


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 23, 2014

~~<p>Proposals to raise the minimum hourly wage for workers in this state ran aground last legislative session on the issue of the tip credit. It's a significant matter in a service economy like Hawaii's, where so many people at the lower end of the income scale work at hospitality and restaurant jobs in which the tip is an important chunk of the pay packet.</p>
<p>But that issue, while a legitimate one, should not be allowed to sink legislation to raise the minimum wage, a move that is long overdue. A compromise making some accommodation to employers is crucial to ensure that workers get a pay boost, helping them cover basic living expenses.</p>
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Proposals to raise the minimum hourly wage for workers in this state ran aground last legislative session on the issue of the tip credit. It's a significant matter in a service economy like Hawaii's, where so many people at the lower end of the income scale work at hospitality and restaurant jobs in which the tip is an important chunk of the pay packet.

But that issue, while a legitimate one, should not be allowed to sink legislation to raise the minimum wage, a move that is long overdue. A compromise making some accommodation to employers is crucial to ensure that workers get a pay boost, helping them cover basic living expenses. Login for more...



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