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Hawaii lawmakers mull minimum wage hike

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A key committee in the Hawaii House of Representatives is hearing a crush of testimony about a bill that would raise the minimum wage.

Lawmakers in the House Finance committee considered the measure Wednesday.

The minimum wage in Hawaii is now $7.25 an hour. Under the proposal, that would rise to $7.75 next year. It would go up gradually every year until it reaches $10.10 per hour in 2018.

Advocates for workers say people shouldn't have to wait until 2018 to earn enough wages to support themselves and their families.

But some opponents say employers have too many burdens in a fragile economy.

The committee is scheduled to make a decision Wednesday.

The Senate passed the bill earlier last month.

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