Gov. Abercrombie signs Senate Bill 2609 (Photo Source: Gov. Abercrombie)
"Done!" Governor Neil
Abercrombie exclaimed as he signed bill 2609 into law Friday morning.
With his stroke of the pen, the minimum wage in Hawaii will
increase from its current rate of $7.25/hour up to $10.10/hour on January 1,
2018. The tip credit for tipped
employees will also increase the next two years.
"I'm very pleased for those who, of course, work every
day, work hard, and have to struggle just to make their basic obligations"
the governor said afterwards.
The last time the minimum wage was increased was January 1,
2007. Critics have said a raise to the
minimum wage will hurt business owners and the economy. Supporters claim the opposite.
"Every dollar we increase the minimum wage results in 2800
dollars in additional spending by that working family" said State Rep.
Mark Nakashima, citing a study on the subject.
"As this money comes to them, it'll come right back
into the economy, and will help spur the economy" added Governor
State Senator Clayton Hee, who fought hard for the bill,
said it will help those who need it most.
"Minimum wage helps to boost the very poor, and give