California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a law to raise the state’s minimum hourly wage to $15 by 2022.

That’s nearly twice as much as Hawaii’s current minimum wage of $8.50. Hawaii’s minimum wage is on track to increase to $10.10 by January 1, 2018.

New York is the only other state that has committed to raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, the Sacramento Bee reported.

According to the Bureau of Economic Analysis, Hawaii is more expensive than either California or New York.

Hawaii Sen. Josh Green from the Big Island introduced a bill this year that sought to increase the minimum wage to $16 per hour by 2020.

But the proposal died after Sen. Gilbert Keith-Agaran from Maui didn’t call a hearing for it.

A protester at the Hawaii State Capitol urges lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during the 2014 legislative session.

A protester at the Hawaii State Capitol urges lawmakers to raise the minimum wage during the 2014 legislative session.

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