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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

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Ahokovi highlights on HPR why minimum-wage increases backfire

Is increasing the state’s minimum wage the best way to solve the challenges faced by low-income workers in Hawaii? The Feb. 3, 2022, episode of “The Conversation” on Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause

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Why minimum debate for minimum-wage bill?

We’re just over a week into the 2022 legislative session, and already, we are seeing behavior that calls into question the Legislature’s dedication to the principle of democratic debate. Take, for example, the minimum-wage bill. The Senate is currently considering SB2018, which would raise the minimum wage to $18 an

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Hawaii does not need a minimum-wage increase

Chart courtesy of Marginal Revolution University The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 27, 2022, in Honolulu Civil Beat. _____________ Last week Senate Bill 2018 — a proposed minimum wage increase to $18 per hour over the next four years — was introduced by state lawmakers. Although SB2018 is

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Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

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This is no time for a minimum-wage hike

This commentary was published originally in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, April 18, 2020, page 10. ___________ If we want Hawaii’s economy to recover from the coronavirus shutdown, we have to put aside any possibility of a minimum-wage hike. As I write this, Hawaii is on Day Six of a statewide

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Is Seattle a warning against Hawaii raising its minimum wage?

The idea of increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage has never been a good idea, and with the coronavirus recession underway, it’s an even worse one now.  Jacob Vigdor, professor of public policy and governance at the University of Washington, explained why during a webinar hosted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Tuesday, March 24, 2020,

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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 →

Ahokovi highlights on HPR why minimum-wage increases backfire

Is increasing the state’s minimum wage the best way to solve the challenges faced by low-income workers in Hawaii? The Feb. 3, 2022, episode of “The Conversation” on Hawaii Public Radio considered the question, with Jensen Ahokovi of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii contending such an increase would likely cause

Read More →

Why minimum debate for minimum-wage bill?

We’re just over a week into the 2022 legislative session, and already, we are seeing behavior that calls into question the Legislature’s dedication to the principle of democratic debate. Take, for example, the minimum-wage bill. The Senate is currently considering SB2018, which would raise the minimum wage to $18 an

Read More →

Hawaii does not need a minimum-wage increase

Chart courtesy of Marginal Revolution University The following commentary was published originally on Jan. 27, 2022, in Honolulu Civil Beat. _____________ Last week Senate Bill 2018 — a proposed minimum wage increase to $18 per hour over the next four years — was introduced by state lawmakers. Although SB2018 is

Read More →

Minimum-wage bill is wrong tool for the job

The following testimony was submitted Jan. 26, 2022, to the Hawaii Senate Committee on Ways and Means, which was to meet Jan. 27, 2022, to consider increasing Hawaii’s mandatory minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026. ______________ Jan. 27, 2022 10:45 a.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 211 & Videoconference

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Testimony on proposed minimum-wage increase, v. 2022

Jan. 24, 2022 3:00 p.m. Hawaii State Capitol Conference Room 225 & Videoconference To: Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts       Sen. Brian T. Taniguchi, Chair       Sen. Les Ihara, Jr., Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii            Joe Kent, Executive vice president Re: SB2018 — RELATING

Read More →

This is no time for a minimum-wage hike

This commentary was published originally in the Hawaii Filipino Chronicle, April 18, 2020, page 10. ___________ If we want Hawaii’s economy to recover from the coronavirus shutdown, we have to put aside any possibility of a minimum-wage hike. As I write this, Hawaii is on Day Six of a statewide

Read More →

Is Seattle a warning against Hawaii raising its minimum wage?

The idea of increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage has never been a good idea, and with the coronavirus recession underway, it’s an even worse one now.  Jacob Vigdor, professor of public policy and governance at the University of Washington, explained why during a webinar hosted by the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii on Tuesday, March 24, 2020,

Read More →