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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie on Friday approved a gradual hike in the state's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as Democrats seek to make raising pay for hourly workers an issue ahead of this year's midterm congressional elections. The move makes Hawaii the latest in a string of Democratic-dominated states including California and Maryland to pass or enact legislation raising the minimum wage to at or above the $10 mark, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. The new law, approved overwhelmingly by Hawaii lawmakers in April, will raise Hawaii's base wage in stages to reach $10.10 by January 2018 from a current level of $7.25, which is also the federal minimum.


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Well now milk will cost more than $8.99 a gallon. Already the highest that I've seen anywhere. Everything in Hawaii is expensive.

The min wage workers rejoice at their new found wind fall. A $3.00 increase in pay for doing nothing but voting Democrat. Yay!

But wait.. businesses increase prices. The min wage workers hours are cut as much as possible.

Suddenly that worker is no better off and must find another politician willing to increase the wages to $15.00.

#1 | Posted by sames1 at 2014-05-24 08:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

#1 They will never get it. I maintain we raise it to $22.00 and eliminate all entitlement programs including unemployment, welfare, SNAP, food stamps, section 8 housing, etc. for everyone but the elderly or disabled. Then and only then will they get it.

#2 | Posted by gracieamazed at 2014-05-24 11:25 AM | Reply | Flag:


Close but not quite.

We institute a national dividend eliminate min wage and unemployment, welfare, SNAP, food stamps, section 8 housing, etc.

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2014-05-24 11:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

Hawaii is following the example of San Jose, CA, and hopes to achieve the level of success San Jose did when raising its minimum wage to $10/hour:


#4 | Posted by DCTexan at 2014-05-24 11:49 AM | Reply | Flag:

At the current federal minimum wage many find little incentive to get off welfare and get a job. With household costs such as rent, food, basic transportation and (often) some form of basic medication, many find it palatable to remain wards of the state, since there is little benefit to getting off the dole--not that a life of collecting welfare and SNAP is desirable.

As for states doing this, doesn't the right argue in favor of States Rights?

#5 | Posted by catdog at 2014-05-24 02:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

It's not really a raise when you consider inflation, From 1968 till now the min wage would be MORE than $10 an hour and this so-called raise is to $10 in the year 2018. To be fair the minimum wage should increase ever year, indexed to the inflation rate.

#6 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-24 02:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

FDR signed the first minimum wage law at 25 cents an hour, Since then the liars on the right have opposed EVERY increase (even of just pennies per hour) with false predictions of massive unemployment and eventual economic doom. In those 75+ years since FDR, the USA's economy has grown to be the largest in the world

#7 | Posted by SammyAZ_RI at 2014-05-24 03:03 PM | Reply | Flag:

Increasing the minimum wage RAISES economic activity at the consumption level and provides more revenue for businesses that produce goods and services utilized by the vast majority of people, not just the sliver of the population occupying the top percentiles. Businesses don't cease to exist when other costs are raised, but the canard that putting more spending money into the hands of those consumers who already spend nearly 100% of what they have runs counter to history and common sense.

When the elites "spend" their money it's often for speculative investments better viewed as gambling than as the most productive use for capital. When those at the lowest rungs of our economy receive higher wages, that money is immediately turned into consumption or debt reduction that will allow further selective consumption by a large number of people.

Of course there is a point where the forced rise in wages produces more negative activities than it does positive ones, but when the minimum wage lags decades behind inflation and the extreme wealthy control the majority of wealth, this obviously isn't one of them. And if we're so concerned with the small businesses impacted by a rising minimum wage then let's create tax credits to temporarily offset the increase and raise the short term capital gains tax or create a tax on financial transactions to fund it.

#8 | Posted by tonyroma at 2014-05-24 03:14 PM | Reply | Flag:

Why does the Government Tax Minimum Wage Paychecks???

#9 | Posted by cmbell73 at 2014-05-24 05:46 PM | Reply | Flag:

I do not blame them, the prices in HI are in the nose bleed area. Soldiers live and die by the commissary there, they would not be able to buy food on the economy,(off post). Of course a 25 year old Sergeant with a wife and kid still qualifies for food stamps.

#10 | Posted by docnjo at 2014-05-24 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

We institute a national dividend ...

#3 | Posted by TaoWarrior

WTF is a national dividend?

#11 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-25 10:42 AM | Reply | Flag:

Why does the Government Tax Minimum Wage Paychecks???

#9 | Posted by cmbell73

They don't................. The government gives them an 'income tax credit' which is more free money.

#12 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-25 10:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

This is interesting, let States raise the minimum and see what happens; just leave the feds out of it.

#13 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-25 08:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Blue State Hawaii believes that $10.10 an hour is so right, as a minimum wage, so why have they not made if effective as of the first of next month instead of by 2018? Hawaiian's lib govt obviously cares not for the plight of minimum wage workers!

#14 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-25 08:52 PM | Reply | Flag:

#14 - not necessarily, a raise in the minimum wage (if one believes it should exist; I don't), is best done slowly to allow businesses to adjust

#15 | Posted by danv at 2014-05-25 09:28 PM | Reply | Flag:

#15 | POSTED BY DANV AT 2014-05-25 09:28 PM | FLAG: YOU are too rational to be posting here 😎

#16 | Posted by MSgt at 2014-05-25 11:45 PM | Reply | Flag:

Let the market set the wage.

#17 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-05-26 08:55 AM | Reply | Flag:


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