HONOLULU — A House committee is endorsing a bill that would raise the state's minimum wage 89 cents by basing it on the federal poverty level for a family of two in Hawaii.
House Bill 1691 would raise the minimum wage to $8.14 on Jan. 1, 2013. Then, beginning July 1, 2013, the minimum wage would be adjusted annually for inflation.
The Committee on Labor and Public Employment passed the bill Tuesday. It deferred another measure that would have increased the hourly minimum $1 to $8.25 by July 1, 2013.
Committee Chairman Karl Rhoads, D-Kakaako-Downtown, says using the federal poverty index to calculate the minimum wage offers a basis for determining the wage.
Hawaii's minimum wage has not changed since 2007 when it was set at $7.25.