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Ige, Hanabusa and Senate support a living wage

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Governor David Ige, Congresswoman Colleen Hanabusa and more than half of the Hawaii State Senate support raising the minimum wage to an hourly rate that ensures full-time workers will be able to afford their basic needs.

As the cost of living in 2016 was estimated by the State at $15.79/hr for a single adult on Oahu, this change will give a well needed raise to hundreds of thousands of workers, as currently half of families are unable to make ends meet.

Living Wage Hawaii contacted all current Hawaii lawmakers and prospective candidates asking them whether they support legislation that would guarantee that all full-time workers would earn enough to afford their basic needs. Of the more than 70 incumbent legislators contacted, 40 responded in support, with another 34 challengers committed as well.

Living Wage Hawaii is working to pass legislation that will give well needed raises to the local population.

“Families currently need to work more than 144 hours per week at minimum wage in order to afford a fair market two bedroom apartment, by far the most hours in the nation." said Nate Hix, Founder of Living Wage Hawaii. "Hawaii's hardworking residents deserve a chance to afford their basic needs. Hawaii's residents deserve better."

This policy change still needs more champions from the House as many incumbents have yet to confirm their support. Voters can view a list of candidates who support a living wage at livingwagehawaii.com/supporters to be informed for when they vote in the primaries on Aug. 11.

“Supporters can spread the word about which candidates will fight for this change. Vote for legislators that will give workers the justice they deserve," Hix said.

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