Minimum Wage Update: Measure to Increase; Exceptions to Minimum Wage

Note from Sen. Shimabukuro: There are exemptions to the minimum wage, in HRS 387-1 definition of “employee” and exemption in 387-9:
http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol07_Ch0346-0398/HRS0387/HRS_0387-0001.htm

http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol07_Ch0346-0398/HRS0387/HRS_0387-0009.htm

Click here for SB 331’s homepage

Information provided by:

Bill Kunstman
Dept. of Labor & Industrial Relations

 William.G.Kunstman@hawaii.gov

830 Punchbowl Street #321
Honolulu HI 96813
Office: (808) 586-8845

Read my comments about the proposed wage hike:

Hawaii Senate committee pushes forward wage hike

By ANITA HOFSCHNEIDER
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) – A Hawaii Senate committee is pushing to increase the state minimum wage by $2 to $9.25 per hour.

The move comes a day after President Barack Obama called for a federal wage hike from $7.25 to $9.00 in the State of the Union address.

Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage is set at $7.25.

The Senate judiciary committee voted Wednesday to increase the wage to $9.25 over the next two years.

The committee also voted to adjust the wage along with inflation starting in 2016.

Senate judiciary committee Vice-Chair Maile Shimabukuro says the increase is necessary to help Hawaii residents afford the state’s high cost of living.

Sen. Sam Slom was the only committee member to oppose the wage hike.

Slom is the only Republican in Hawaii’s 25-member state Senate.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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3 Responses

  1. Aloha Maile,

    I saw that you are supporting a wage hike to help residents meet the cost of living in Hawaii. I would like to ask you to look deeper into the problem. Is it wages the real problem or is it the cost of living? If cost of living continue to rise, does that mean that we need to keep raising the rate to keep up?

    I think that as a legislator, the big problems have to be solved systematically. Look at how all different factors play into the issue. Small, short term solutions do not work because it doesn’t solve the problem at hand. The problem at hand is really the cost of living in Hawaii.

    Why is cost of living so high in the first place? First of all, we are an island state. Because of factors such as the Jones Act, our ability to get basic goods are limited since commerce and competition is impeded by it. We have a high amount of government employees also to pay for as a collective state. The price of land is high and housing is in short supply. Also, we can’t farm the land affordably to feed our own state. We are dependent on fuels being brought in to provide us energy as we are not energy independent and far from it yet. Local farmers are being driven out of the market since their costs are high and can’t compete with imports, furthering our food dependence on shipping. As fuel prices go up or business changes occur such as the Tesoro refinery closing, we are subject to rising prices in all areas of our energy bills and fuel costs to drive our cars. Hawaii is also very difficult to maintain a small businesses who hire most people and provide the medical benefits. If we don’t address these issues, the wage increase will only be passed on to the consumers further increasing cost of living here.

    I urge you to consider challenging our Congressional delegation to address some of these issues, especially the Jones Act. Also please read the article by the NY Fed on this act also to see how it affects Puerto Rico and its commerce.

    As our leaders, we need excellence in problem solving these big picture issues. Hawaii’s future depends on good insight and questioning and challenging the status quo. There are many new faces in our Congress who indeed have some say in making local folks’ lives much better.

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  2. I am not against the raising of wages.
    I am concerned, about, The SMALL, business Owners!
    How can, with, The Benefits Required by The State and County not including the HIGH COST TO LEASE A PLACE AND TAXES, CAN SMALL BUSINESSES SURVIVE?
    FOR CORPORATIONS AND BIGGER B
    USINES IT’S OK!

    S IT’S WHO HAVE INVESTORS OR

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  3. If businesses can’t afford the new proposed minimum wages, they won’t be Hiring!
    Taxes will increase as wages increase.
    Maybe we should Really Look At The GOVERNMENT SPENDING AND LOOK AT THE REALITY.
    THIS JUST MY THOUGHTS AS A FORMER BUSINESS OWNER IN HAWAII AND LAS VEGAS NEVADA.

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