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By: Rick Blangiardi
Opening day at the state legislature opened with much less
of the fanfare than we've seen in recent years.
Gov. Abercrombie and legislators understand the need to be
fiscally responsible, even as the state sits on an 800-million-dollar-plus
budget surplus thanks to improving economic conditions.
The question at hand will be what are the priorities this
year and for years to come with the state on better financial footing?
Chief among anything the governor and t he legislature
tackle should be helping with Hawaii's high cost of living. That means an
increase in the 7-dollar and 25-cent minimum wage to at least nine dollars an
hour or more. The minimum wage has not been raised since 2007 and needs to be a
Businesses could use a break as well and Gov. Abercrombie's
announcement last month that the state would attempt to lower the unemployment
insurance tax rate on businesses is welcome news.
This is a crucial year for Hawaii to ease the burden on its
residents and businesses, to earn more and to be free of overly oppressive
taxation. Let's hope this is priority number one this legislative session.