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Minimum Wage

Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase

There is still time for Gov. David Ige to reject the 2022 Legislature’s bid to increase Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage by almost 20% to $12 starting Oct. 1, and almost 80% to $18 by 2028. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has already cited numerous studies showing how minimum-wage increases typically backfire on the people that

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Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

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Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

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What Hawaii can learn from America’s leading minimum-wage researcher

A lot of people seem to think there is wide disagreement among economists about the potential effects of a higher minimum wage. But, no, there actually isn’t, says David Neumark, America’s leading authority on the minimum wage. Neumark was the guest Monday, March 28, 2022, on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program

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Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

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Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

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Array of bad bills at Legislature keeping Grassroot Institute busy

There’s never a time when you can let your guard down when our esteemed legislators get together to pass laws It’s too bad so much time and effort has to be devoted each year to trying to defeat bad legislative measures, rather than promoting bills that would help Hawaii. Truly disappointing

Read More →

Evidence keeps rolling in against proposed minimum-wage increase

There is still time for Gov. David Ige to reject the 2022 Legislature’s bid to increase Hawaii’s hourly minimum wage by almost 20% to $12 starting Oct. 1, and almost 80% to $18 by 2028. The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has already cited numerous studies showing how minimum-wage increases typically backfire on the people that

Read More →

Testimony: HB2510 HD2 SD1 a good way to put more people out of work

The following testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration April 5, 2022, by the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means. _______________ To: Senate Committee on Ways and Means       Sen. Donovan M. Dela Cruz, Chair       Sen Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Vice

Read More →

Three important questions about the minimum wage

Before our legislators vote on whether to increase Hawaii’s minimum wage, I encourage them to ask three very important questions: >> Who are we trying to help? >> Who would actually be affected? >> Is the minimum wage the best way to help low-income families? Clearly, many people believe that increasing

Read More →

What Hawaii can learn from America’s leading minimum-wage researcher

A lot of people seem to think there is wide disagreement among economists about the potential effects of a higher minimum wage. But, no, there actually isn’t, says David Neumark, America’s leading authority on the minimum wage. Neumark was the guest Monday, March 28, 2022, on Keli’i Akina’s “Hawaii Together” program

Read More →

Five myths that pervade the minimum-wage debate

Despite what many Hawaii residents want to believe, increasing the state’s legal minimum wage can result in unemployment The vast majority of Hawaii residents support increasing the state’s legal minimum wage on the grounds that it would help Hawaii’s low-income workers better cope with the state’s high cost of living. But that isn’t

Read More →

Testimony: Revised wage bill takes legislators off the hot seat

The testimony below was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration March 1, 2022, by the House Committee on Finance. Ted Kefalas oral testimony follows. _______________ To: House Committee on Finance       Rep. Sylvia Luke, Chair       Rep. Kyle Yamashita, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute

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Testimony: HB2510 would harm employees more than help them

The following written testimony was submitted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii for consideration Feb. 15, 2022, by the House Committee on Labor and Tourism. Ted Kefalas, institute director of strategic campaigns, also offered oral testimony via Zoom, also available below. ________________ To: House Committee on Labor & Tourism  

Read More →

Array of bad bills at Legislature keeping Grassroot Institute busy

There’s never a time when you can let your guard down when our esteemed legislators get together to pass laws It’s too bad so much time and effort has to be devoted each year to trying to defeat bad legislative measures, rather than promoting bills that would help Hawaii. Truly disappointing

Read More →