Hawaii’s minimum wage increases Thursday from $7.25 to $7.75 an hour.
The wage increase comes after a lengthy battle at the Hawaii state Legislature, with many businesses saying the extra burden will be passed on to consumers. Advocates argued that waiters and others who depend on the wage struggle to get by.
The minimum wage will rise in 20 states and the District of Columbia on Thursday, according to The Washington Post:
Two more states — Delaware and Minnesota — will get legislatively driven hikes later in the year, while New York will raise its minimum wage on Dec. 31.
Twenty-nine states will have minimum wages above the federal minimum of $7.25.
The size of the hikes range from 12 cents in Florida to $1.25 in South Dakota. Among those states hiking the minimum wage, Washington state’s will be highest at $9.47.
The Washington Post
All told, the wage hikes “will have a direct impact for nearly 2.3 million workers who currently earn less per hour than the new minimum wage,” according to The Washington Post.
Here at home, the minimum wage will rise to $8.50 per hour on Jan. 1, 2016, $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1, 2017, and $10.10 per hour on Jan. 1, 2018.
Tipped employees, like waiters and valets, may also be paid 50 cents below the minimum wage beginning Thursday, and 75 cents below the minimum wage beginning on Jan. 1, 2016 — “as long as the combined amount the employee receives from the employee’s employer and tips is at least $7.00 more than the minimum wage,” according to the Hawaii Department of Labor & Industrial Relations.
One wonders just how expensive it will be to live in Hawaii three years from now, given the pricing trend in gas, electricity, housing and milk prices. A minimum wage of $10.10 seems manini.
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