Call To Action: Email Support For Minimum Wage Increase TODAY

Email Your Support For Minimum Wage Increase TODAY, before Sunday, November 17. The word on the street is that members of the legislature will be discussing their 2020 “majority caucus” priorities as soon as November 20th.

Below is a sample, but please tell your own story if you can!

Send to:,

To All Senators and Representatives,

Every Hawaii legislator will receive a pay raise starting January 2021. The governor, the lieutenant governor, all state judges and most top executives in state government will also receive substantial pay raises.

Minimum wage workers deserve a raise too.

The State Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism (DBEDT), has determined that $17.50 per hour (approximately) is a “subsistence” wage for a single person. This means that a person needs to make $17.50 an hour to simply survive.

There is no legal requirement to “start over from the beginning”. The legislature can merely pick up bills exactly where they were left off at the end of the 2019 legislative session.

HB1191 HD1 SD2 increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage to $15 remains in conference committee.

Upon the opening of the 2020 legislative session, with the concurrence of the Senate President and the House Speaker, the committee can simply be reconvened, a hearing scheduled and the measure amended and passed.

Please pass HB1191 HD1 SD2, increasing Hawaii’s minimum wage to at least $15 per hour, as the first order of business upon the opening of the 2020 legislative session.


Name, Town, County



If you can, please send separate messages to:

Senate President Ronald Kouchi –

Speaker of the House Representative Scott Saiki –

Please make the messages your own!

It is critically important the message go out TODAY, prior to Sunday, November 17th.


Sending a personal and individual note to YOUR district Senator and Representative would be the icing on the cake – If you can make that extra effort…would be awesome.  You can find their names and addresses on these lists:

You can click HERE for a list of Senators

You can click HERE for a list of Representatives

About garyhooser

This blog represents my thoughts as an individual person and does not represent the official position of any organization I may be affiliated with. I presently serve now as a volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) I am also currently the Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In a past life, I was an elected member of the Kauai County Council, a Hawaii State Senator and Majority Leader and the Director of Environmental Quality Control for the State of Hawaii - in an even earlier incarnation I was an entrepreneur and small business owner. Yes, I am one of the luckiest guys on the planet. Please visit my web site AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We’re afraid.” “Come to the edge.” “We can’t. We will fall!” “Come to the edge.” And they came. And he pushed them. And they flew. - Christopher Logue (b.1926)
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5 Responses to Call To Action: Email Support For Minimum Wage Increase TODAY

  1. Van Ashland says:

    Minimum wage should be higher than $15/hr.

    • garyhooser says:

      Agree…but…while not a living wage, or even a subsistence wage, $15 represents a strong step in the right direction. If tied to annual cost-of-living adjustments and future modest incremental increases, eventually a true living wage would be achieved.

  2. Harry J. McCarthy says:

    A bare minimum living wage of $15 per hour is a necessity for those Hawaiian citizens who barely get by. It is truly shocking that the legislature would have the temerity to deny people a minimum increase in a living wage while giving themselves a raise. Shame on you all! People will remember this come next election day!

  3. Judith Waters says:

    It is unconscionable for legislators to accept raises for themselves and not at the same time see that minimum wage workers get the proposed $15/hr .. which is still not enough to meet basic living costs. Please show some caring for those who work hard and are struggling. Hawaii needs the $15 minimum wage NOW, without delay.

  4. Ana says:

    Need to pass for the people of Hawaii

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