Hawaii raises minimum wage to $10.10 per hour

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  • nicholdraper West Jordan, UT
    June 1, 2014 1:47 p.m.

    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.

  • Hamath Omaha, NE
    May 26, 2014 4:43 a.m.

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

  • GmaxD Lehi, UT
    May 25, 2014 8:40 p.m.

    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.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 25, 2014 7:50 a.m.

    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?

  • Stormwalker Cleveland , OH
    May 24, 2014 11:26 p.m.

    Forget minimum wage.

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

    Problem solved.

    May 24, 2014 6:32 p.m.

    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.

  • Avenue Vernal, UT
    May 24, 2014 4:43 p.m.

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

  • Allen Salt Lake valley, UT
    May 24, 2014 8:31 a.m.

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

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 24, 2014 7:09 a.m.

    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.

    May 24, 2014 5:27 a.m.

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

  • Understands Math Lacey, WA
    May 24, 2014 4:02 a.m.

    @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.

  • Mainly Me Werribee, 00
    May 24, 2014 12:43 a.m.

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

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 23, 2014 6:39 p.m.

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

  • DN Subscriber Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 23, 2014 6:03 p.m.

    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.

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    May 23, 2014 5:10 p.m.


  • md Cache, UT
    May 23, 2014 4:53 p.m.

    A bankrupt state raises the minimum wage. Brilliant.