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Hawaii is Hiring website lists more than 17,000 job openings across the state

By Annalisa Burgos July 27, 2020 People receiving unemployment insurance will start to see smaller checks next week. Unless both the U.S. House and Senate work out details of a new stimulus package before the scheduled recess on August 7th, thousands of people in Hawaii collecting benefits will have to resort to their Plan B. If you don't like letting your guard down during the COVID-19 pandemic, a security job may be for you. ... "There's so many other opportunities out there, and maybe not the skill sets that they had previously in their job, but an opportunity to learn new skill sets and get trained for the skill sets and hopefully ...

Big Island, Maui Lawmakers Push to Raise Proposed Minimum Wage

By Big Island Now February 26, 2020 A Big Island senator pledged to donate thousands of dollars of his own salary to charity until lawmakers raise the minimum wage to at least $15. The pledge comes after Hawai‘i lawmakers passed House Bill 2541 in House Committee on Labor & Public Employment and the Committee on Finance, which increases the minimum wage incrementally to $13 an hour by 2024. The bill now moves to the full House for second reading. Sen. Russell Ruderman along with Maui Rep. Tina Wildberger (D-Kihei, Wailea, Makena), both small business owners on their islands, believe the bill could do better. The difference between $13 an ...

Our Keiki Also Need A $17 Minimum Wage

It’s no surprise why so many high school seniors elect to leave Hawaii after school. By Dyson Chee / February 25, 2020 The Hawaii State Legislature is currently considering raising the minimum wage to $13 by 2024. When we talk about affordability, there are two sides to the equation: how much things cost, and how much people have to spend. Yet we sometimes forget that one of the variables to this equation is time. As a senior in high school, I am at a crossroads in my life — to stay or to not stay in Hawaii. I have chosen to stay because I love this community that I spent my entire life with, but most of my friends have elected to ...

Key Hawaii House committees approve minimum wage increase, earned income credit

By Kevin Dayton February 21, 2020 Two key House committees gave preliminary approval this morning to a modest increase in the state’s minimum wage along with a package of tax credits designed to help working families in Hawaii, but critics say the bump in the minimum wage won’t do nearly enough to help the people who need it most. House Bill 2541 would increase the minimum wage from $10.10 an hour today to $11 on Jan. 1, and continue to increase the minimum in small steps until it reaches $13 an hour on Jan. 1, 2024. Read More

It Is Simply Impossible To Survive On $21,000 A Year

By Randy Ching February 10, 2020 Hawaii has the highest cost of living in the U.S. When adjusted for the cost of living, our minimum wage of $10.10 an hour is one of the lowest in the country. Our cost of housing is the highest in the country. It is impossible to survive on $21,000 a year in Hawaii. For the past two years, advocates of a living wage ($17.63 an hour, according to the state Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism) have been seeking a $17 an hour minimum wage so that people can survive here. A living wage allows an individual to have shelter, food, and access to basic health care. A wage of $17 an hour ...