Political Radar


April 15th, 2014

The state Senate has named conferees on the minimum wage bill, and some have noted wryly that the committee is stacked with senators who wanted to accept the House version of the bill and avoid conference negotiations.

Sen. Clayton Hee, the chairman of the conference committee, wanted to take the bill to conference, as did Sen. Maile Shimabukuro.

But Sen. David Ige, the co-chair, and Senate Vice President Ronald Kouchi and Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., preferred to accept the House version.

2 Responses to “Stacked”

  1. Especially Incognito:

    Goodbye unions...don't let the door hit your posterior motives on the way out..

    With minimum wage and Health Insurance, employees can save on union dues..
    Don't need it..

  2. Kolea:

    To complete the picture, here are the House conferees:

    Nakashima, Luke Co-Chairs; Nishimoto, Ichiyama, Thielen

    There are only two conferees, Hee and Nakashima, who are likely to push to make the bill better for low-wage workers. The others appear eager to approve the House version, if not weaken it. I remain flummoxed how the legislative leadership has gratuitously dropped the proposed hike from $10.10 to $10, given how the "ten-ten" figure is the goal of the national Democrats for all states. Hawaii's Cost of Living is officially recognized as 55% higher than the national average. So why would Hawaii Democrats decide our lowest paid workers deserve a dime LESS than that national goal?

    If Ways & Means Chair David Ige were not running for Governor this year, and Senate President Donna Kim were not running for Congress, we probably would be seeing an even weaker bill. So I guess our elections provide an occasional benefit.

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