Political Radar


January 21st, 2014

Gov. Neil Abercrombie highlights the state's economic turnaround in a new television advertisement for his re-election campaign.

The ad, which debuts Tuesday evening, parallels the message of the governor's State of the State address.

When I took office, we were facing a serious crisis: Furlough Fridays, a $200 million deficit, and even your tax refunds were delayed. We had to make some tough decisions, but I can report to you today a state budget surplus of more than $800 million. Now we can invest in our children; rebuild our roads and airports. We’re creating jobs, reducing unemployment and none of this would have been possible without you. Mahalo for your patience and support.

10 Responses to “Turnaround”

  1. Manoa Kahuna:

    He looked well preserved for his age in the ad.

    However, he looked like an old Scrooge by proposing $8.75 as a minimum wage.

  2. Guy:

    How is proposing an increase in minimum wage to keep pace with inflation being a scrooge? It's time.

  3. Peter Ehrhorn:

    Minimum wage should be above $10.00

  4. Manoa Kahuna:

    The minimum wage of the past was a stronger standard, providing significantly more buying power than it does today. After its creation in 1938, the value of the minimum wage rose relatively steadily until its value reached a high point in 1968 (when its nominal value was $1.60 an hour). Thereafter, it suffered dramatic erosion as Congress failed to adequately correct for inflation over time.

    [Real Value Federal Minimum Wage]

    The minimum wage of $1.60 an hour in 1968 would be $10.56 today when adjusted for inflation [see the Bureau of Labor Statistics' Consumer Price Index inflation calculator.]

    That's why the Governor is the Scrooge.

  5. Manoa Kahuna:

    21 states plus the District of Columbia have minimum wage rates higher than the federal wage level, while Hawaii is one of several states that keeps the federal wage rate.

    Washington's minimum wage is 29 percent higher than Hawaii’s at $9.32 but the cost of living there is 55 percent lower.

    Similarly, in Nevada, minimum wage of $8.25 is 14 percent higher than Hawaii but cost of living is 64 percent lower. And Oregon’s minimum wage is 26 percent higher than Hawaii at $9.10 but cost of living there is 49 percent lower.

  6. Especially Incognito:

    8.25 an hour plus full Medical Health Insurance.

    Go to China to make a dollar out of fifteen cents.
    In America you make fifteen cents out of a dollar.
    Go figure.

  7. ohiaforest3400:

    Ain't nobody who's workin' a minimum wage job, even full time, who's gettin' "Full Medical Health Insurance" from their employer. Partial contribution, definitely, full not happenin.

  8. Especially Incognito:

    I did. You weren't here to know about it
    or in Hawaii. Seems you wasn't ohia but over there.
    I made 7.25 an hour and got full benefits.
    My union made sure of it.

    So now seems that unions are just a waste of members
    money. Money that could be saved.

  9. Especially Incognito:

    "Full Medical Health Insurance" ohiaforest3400

    "full Medical Health Insurance." I said.

    I was also agreeing with Governor Abercrombie
    and saying yes, but 8.25 an hour plus full Medical Health Insurance.
    It can "happenin".

  10. Especially Incognito:

    Correction: 8.75 not 8.25

Leave a Reply

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Star-Advertiser's TERMS OF SERVICE. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. Because only subscribers are allowed to comment, we have your personal information and are able to contact you. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. To report comments that you believe do not follow our guidelines, email commentfeedback@staradvertiser.com.