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The Conversation: Pros and cons of raising Hawaiʻi's minimum wage

Employers desperate for workers are turning to signing bonuses and other hiring incentives, even for positions that pay a low hourly wage.
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This show focused on the issue of raising Hawaiʻi's minimum wage from its current $10.10.

What can you buy for $10? Two gallons of unleaded gas... a gallon of milk? It's not enough for a plate lunch anymore… maybe a mini if you're lucky. You may have to settle for a few musubi. That’s how far $10 goes these days. Not far at all.

There are indications that there's enough support to pass something this year. The governor has expressed his support. Ditto for leadership in both legislative chambers. The devil is in the details.

Our live guests were:

We also shared comments from:

And we heard from our listeners as well. If you would like to share any thoughts on this topic, please write to or call 808-792-8217.

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Catherine Cruz is the host of The Conversation. Originally from Guam, she spent more than 30 years at KITV, covering beats from government to education. Contact her at
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