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Published: Friday, May 23 2014 12:00 a.m. MDT

Updated: Saturday, May 24 2014 9:17 a.m. MDT

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md
Cache, UT

A bankrupt state raises the minimum wage. Brilliant.

Hutterite
American Fork, UT

Good.

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Socialists never tire of spending other people's money.

If $10.10 is good, why not raise the minimum wage to $50.00 per hour? Heck raise it to $500 per hour like lawyers get, that way everyone will be a millionaire, right?

Of course a Big Mac will cost $95.00, but who cares, everyone will be a millionaire.

Mark B
Eureka, CA

I don't think many people live in or visit Hawaii because it's cheap.

Mainly Me
Werribee, 00

Now watch a corresponding rise in the cost of living. Every time you raise the minimum wage, prices increase.

Understands Math
Lacey, WA

@DN Subscriber wrote: "Socialists never tire of spending other people's money."

That would almost be relevant if this article were discussing giveaways. But it's not. It's about money earned by the working poor.

At $7.25 an hour, assuming a 40-hour week, 50 weeks a year, a worker will earn $14,500 a year. At $10.10, that's $20,200 a year.

The HHS poverty guidelines show the poverty line being $13,420 for a household of 1, and $18,090 for a household of 2.

So, yeah, luxury.

HeberFYFA
HEBER CITY, UT

Good for Hawaii. If a state wants to raise their minimum wage, go ahead. But let's not raise the national minimum wage.

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

I recently read that Switzerland's voters soundly rejected an attempt by liberals there to establish a minimum wage of $25/hr. Switzerland's unemployment rate is 3.2% and they have no minimum wage laws. Also, everyone in Switzerland owns a firearm and Switzerland has the lowest crime rate in the world! Obviously there is no connection between minimum wages and prosperity nor is there any connection between guns and crime.

Allen
Salt Lake valley, UT

It will be interesting to see the effects of this hike in wages. Time will tell....

Avenue
Vernal, UT

Sad day for my native state. The cost of living will rise even higher than it already has in Hawaii.

Pops
NORTH SALT LAKE, UT

One of the justifications for raising the minimum wage is that the current minimum wage is not a "livable wage". News flash: $10.10 per hour is not a livable wage, either. It appears that all it really does is eliminate jobs for teenagers.

Stormwalker
Cleveland , OH

Forget minimum wage.

The CEO cannot earn more in total compensation than 20 times the lowest wage paid.

Problem solved.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Hawaii is a difficult state to live in.

It is the most populous and remote archipelago of islands on earth, and virtually everything must be imported there -- from diesel fuel from southeast Asia to make electricity to food to construction materials. On Oahu, a tiny house can cost close to a million dollars, and citizens are stuck in traffic in what for us appear to be relatively short commutes.

Tourism is its main industry, but the recession has hurt that industry, and the types of jobs coming from tourism aren't lucrative -- waiting tables, hotel maid, retailing, and attending tourist attractions, mostly all minimum wage jobs. Land is scarce, and development of non-tourist-based industries difficult to launch.

Outside Oahu, most of the outer islands are mostly rural and very remote, and job prospects are even more challenging to cultivate.

We can all wish that the "free market" would create opportunities for Hawaii's poor, but it hasn't. A lot of Hawaii's poor are on social welfare, paid by tax dollars. Do we wait and hope the free market will work? Or does government step in to make some fixes for the poorest of Hawaiians?

GmaxD
Lehi, UT

Dear Understands Math--you apparently do not understand economics. A mandated increase in wages without a corresponding increase in productivity will mean an eventual rise in prices-resulting in inflation which devalues the worth of the dollar, and thus diminishes the purchasing power of wages and savings. An increase in the minimum wage amounts to stealing from everyone.

Hamath
Omaha, NE

@ Stormwalker,
Interesting idea. Tie it to the stockholder's too?

nicholdraper
West Jordan, UT

The cost of living has already increased. The dollar has lost value. Increasing the minimum wage is just the final recognition of what already happened. We should raise the minimum wage here in Utah. We have a better workforce and lower unemployment. We could raise it and would not see much change, other than the lowest paid people would get a needed boost.

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