Time to rock and roll. Minimum wage increase scheduled in House. Testimony needed!

The House Labor Committee has finally scheduled Speaker Saiki’s minimum wage bill HB2510 to be heard this coming Tuesday and it’s absolutely essential that we flood the committee with testimony saying essentially –

$18 by 2026 is the compromise
Roses are red, violets are blue,
Anything less than $18 by 2026 simply won’t do.

HB2510 is a complicated measure that delays until the year 2030 increasing the minimum wage to $18 and has other components that are unacceptable. The Senate Bill SB2018 proposes phased-in increases that reach $18 by 2026. SB2018 has already passed the Senate and has the support of the governor.


Please tell the House Labor Committee that SB2018 is the bill we want to be passed. Hawaii’s workers deserve $18 at least by 2026!

See further sample testimony at the bottom.

Tell the committee your story and why increasing the minimum wage is important to you and your family.

Keep it short if you like. But submit something, please.

If you are unfamiliar with the process: To testify, you must go to the Capitol Website, register (it’s very easy), sign in, and then voila!

Info provided on this page courtesy of Raise Up Hawaii
The House Labor Committee is hearing HB2510, a slower minimum wage increase that would move the minimum wage up to $18 by 2030, except for tipped workers. We need all the testimony we can get to demonstrate broad support for the faster, better Senate language in SB2018.

Hearing: Tues., Feb. 15, 9:30 AM (sign up for zoom if can!)
Testimony Due: Mon., Feb. 14, 9:30 AM (late testimony also accepted)

HB2510, proposed by the State House leadership team, also contains multiple tax credit provisions that are generally good for working families. It is our belief that House leadership is bundling these tax credits into their inferior minimum wage bill as a way to try and force us to support the bill.
Fortunately, the tax credit provisions in HB2510 also exist in other bills that are still alive and doing well.
Therefore, Raise Up Hawaiʻi suggests either submitting testimony as “Comments” or “Opposition” to HB2510, but we understand if some folks feel they have no choice but to “Support with Amendments.” The most important thing is to hammer home the message:
$18 by 2026 is the compromise position when it already costs more than that to survive in Hawaiʻi today.

Sample Testimony
Dear House Committee on Labor & Tourism,
Although I support some of the provisions in this bill, I must respectfully submit my opposition to HB2510. It already costs more than $19 an hour for a single adult with no children to just barely make ends meet in Hawaiʻi today. It is absolutely imperative that we reach $18 an hour by 2026 if working families are to find the economic relief that the legislature has promised to provide. Anything less than that is simply too slow to catch the tens of thousands of struggling Hawaiʻi workers back up to a livable level.
The worthy tax credit proposals in this bill also exist in other, less complicated bills, and should be advanced forward using those legislative vehicles instead.
The Senate has handed the House a clean $18 by 2026 bill in SB2018. It is now up to the House to do what is best for Hawaiʻi’s hardworking families and for its economic health and agree to the Senate proposal. Send SB2018 to the governor’s desk for signature instead of this bill. 
Mahalo for the opportunity to testify.

[Your Name]
[Your Neighborhood or House District]

Getting acquainted with the Capitol website
Make your voice heard at the state legislature! It’s easy to register for an account to submit written testimony. And, you’ll be able to testify from home! To learn about the new remote testimony process, watch this helpful video.

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 as volunteer President of the Hawaii Alliance for Progressive Action (H.A.P.A.) www.hapahi.org I am the former Vice-Chair of the Democratic Party of Hawaii. In another 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 website AND sign up for my newsletter (unlike any email newsletter you have ever gotten, of that I am sure) - http://www.garyhooser.com/#four “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 Time to rock and roll. Minimum wage increase scheduled in House. Testimony needed!

  1. rexann dubiel says:

    This bill which increases the minimum wage to $18 is so disheartening, and not until 2026, at best.
    That’s why so many residents have two jobs or more.
    I keep hearing the words, Side Hustle, even from teenagers.
    How are people surviving?
    In the big picture, what will happen to our workforce as houses now average over a million dollars?

    Sent from my T-Mobile 4G LTE Device

    • garyhooser says:

      I understand Rex…but we are at $10.10 right now. Reaching $18 in 2026 with phased-in steps along the way is probably the fastest increase that is possible right now. And it is far better than the House Bill which doesn’t get to $18 until the year 2030. Mahalo for caring, for being involved, and for taking action.

  2. Lynn K Wilson says:

    Support SB 2018,

    A single person would have trouble paying for a mortgage and car let alone families with children.

    It’s unbelievable minimum wage has been so low for so many years, no wonder homelessness has increased—

    The minimum wage groups in this country are our future leaders. We have all heard the expression,”you are what you eat.” In this country we are,”reaping what we sew,” look at all the looting and poverty, it is an indication that we are not working together for “everyone.”

    Support SB 2018, the people have suffered enough, reward them positively, help them to follow their heart and be part of the American Dream.

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