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Minimum Wage

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year, and that’s a good thing, if you want to help the poor. In 2010, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Board compiled the results of 53 scholarly studies into a book, “Minimum Wages”

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Good intentions don’t always equal good policy

If Hawaii legislators are serious about helping low-wage workers, they need to think differently. Raising the state’s minimum wage would only create more barriers to business and enterprise in the islands, thus harming the very folks these well-intended policies are meant to help.

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Wage floor great for robots

The Hawaii Legislature this year is again considering minimum-wage bills — despite local business leaders testifying in the 2017 legislative session that a higher mandatory wage base line would mean increased prices for Hawaii residents who already are burdened with one of the nation’s highest costs of living. A higher wage

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Grassroot Testimony on SB107 (Relating to Minimum Wage)

February 14, 2017 9:00 AM Conference Room 016 To: Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Chair Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Vice President of Research RE: SB107 – RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members:

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Puerto Rico Plan Calls for Minimum Wage & Jones Act Relief

The Financial Times (London) reported on September 9th about the latest developments in the Puerto Rico financial crisis, which include renewed calls for the Commonwealth to be made exempt from the Jones Act. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla appointed a Working Group of Commonwealth officials to develop a Plan to extricate

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Grassroot Testimony on the Minimum Wage Bill

March 18, 2014 To: House Committee on Labor & Public Employment Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB2609 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

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Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again

By Ken Schoolland Federal and state politicians are eager to raise the minimum legal wage—again. They have raised the minimum legal wage many times before, but they complain that it is never enough. The last rise in the minimum wage wasn’t enough because the prices of food, clothing, and shelter

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Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again

Federal and state politicians are eager to raise the minimum legal wage—again. They have raised the minimum legal wage many times before, but they complain that it is never enough. The last rise in the minimum wage wasn’t enough because the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up

Read More →

Ditch minimum wage; help the poor

Hawaii’s Legislature did not approve a higher minimum wage this year, and that’s a good thing, if you want to help the poor. In 2010, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research and the Federal Reserve Board compiled the results of 53 scholarly studies into a book, “Minimum Wages”

Read More →

Good intentions don’t always equal good policy

If Hawaii legislators are serious about helping low-wage workers, they need to think differently. Raising the state’s minimum wage would only create more barriers to business and enterprise in the islands, thus harming the very folks these well-intended policies are meant to help.

Read More →

Wage floor great for robots

The Hawaii Legislature this year is again considering minimum-wage bills — despite local business leaders testifying in the 2017 legislative session that a higher mandatory wage base line would mean increased prices for Hawaii residents who already are burdened with one of the nation’s highest costs of living. A higher wage

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on SB107 (Relating to Minimum Wage)

February 14, 2017 9:00 AM Conference Room 016 To: Senate Committee on Judiciary & Labor Sen. Gilbert S.C. Keith-Agaran, Chair Sen. Karl Rhoads, Vice Chair From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii Joe Kent, Vice President of Research RE: SB107 – RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE Comments Only Dear Chair and Committee Members:

Read More →

Puerto Rico Plan Calls for Minimum Wage & Jones Act Relief

The Financial Times (London) reported on September 9th about the latest developments in the Puerto Rico financial crisis, which include renewed calls for the Commonwealth to be made exempt from the Jones Act. Governor Alejandro Garcia Padilla appointed a Working Group of Commonwealth officials to develop a Plan to extricate

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on the Minimum Wage Bill

March 18, 2014 To: House Committee on Labor & Public Employment Rep. Mark M. Nakashima, Chair Rep. Kyle T. Yamashita, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: SB2609 RELATING TO MINIMUM WAGE   Dear Chair and Committee Members: The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii

Read More →

Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again

By Ken Schoolland Federal and state politicians are eager to raise the minimum legal wage—again. They have raised the minimum legal wage many times before, but they complain that it is never enough. The last rise in the minimum wage wasn’t enough because the prices of food, clothing, and shelter

Read More →

Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again

Federal and state politicians are eager to raise the minimum legal wage—again. They have raised the minimum legal wage many times before, but they complain that it is never enough. The last rise in the minimum wage wasn’t enough because the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up

Read More →