Hawaii Senate committee pushes forward wage hike

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Senate committee is pushing to increase the state minimum wage by $2 to $9.25 per hour.

The move comes a day after President Barack Obama called for a federal wage hike from $7.25 to $9.00 in the State of the Union address.

Hawaii's hourly minimum wage is set at $7.25.

The Senate judiciary committee voted Wednesday to increase the wage to $9.25 over the next two years.

The committee also voted to adjust the wage along with inflation starting in 2016.

Senate judiciary committee Vice-Chair Maile Shimabukuro says the increase is necessary to help Hawaii residents afford the state's high cost of living.

Sen. Sam Slom was the only committee member to oppose the wage hike.

Slom is the only Republican in Hawaii's 25-member state Senate.

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