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April 23rd, 2014

State House negotiators on a minimum wage bill on Wednesday rejected a Senate proposal to increase the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2017.

Sen. Clayton Hee, the lead Senate negotiator on the bill, offered a new proposal Wednesday that would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by 2017, leave the tip credit at the existing 25 cents, and allow businesses to claim the tip credit on workers who earn at least $7 over the minimum wage.

Rep. Mark Nakashima, the lead House negotiator, thanked Hee for his efforts. Negotiators will meet again on Thursday morning.

If conference committee negotiations are unproductive -- which looks increasingly likely -- the Senate would still have the option of agreeing to the House version of the bill. The bill would raise the minimum wage to $10 an hour by January 2018, expand the tip credit to 75 cents, and allow businesses to claim the tip credit on workers who earn at least $7 over the minimum wage, up from 50 cents.

The state's $7.25 an hour minimum wage has not been increased since 2007.

4 Responses to “Pass”

  1. Guido Sarducci:

    Clayton Hee does it again:

    Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year

    http://www.hawaiifreepress.com/ArticlesMain/tabid/56/ID/11513/Flawed-Minimum-Wage-Hike-Advocacy-Will-Cost-Hawaiis-Poorest-Workers-7M-this-Year.aspx


  2. Johnson:

    Guido, if you're taking as truth anything that comes from that online rag, you'll believe anything.


  3. Especially Incognito:

    Companies will complain since this takes away their bonuses or profit...


  4. Especially Incognito:

    Bring back jobs to America and more people paying taxes..

    Tax offshore accounts since it is obvious, the 1% are hiding their
    money somewhere...


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