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Hawaii is one of 18 states that raised its minimum wage this year to $10.10 an hour. That’s an increase of about nine-percent from last year. In South Korea, the minimum wage rose nearly twice as much this year and is headed higher — but the politics have become complicated.

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Hawaii’s New Minimum Wage

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Daniel Ramirez / Flickr

Hawai‘i’s banks made the news late this year because of some pay adjustments. The top five banks in the state are giving their employees bonuses of a thousand dollars or more—and boosting their minimum wages to at least 15 dollars an hour. But for shareholders, it’s a different story. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more on the year in Hawai‘i’s financial stocks.

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The Royal Danish Academy of Fine / Flickr

A week before Labor Day, there’s a focus on a group of workers who want an increase in their minimum wage. Over a time of increasing wealth in Hong Kong, domestic workers there have seen very little movement in their pay. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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YunHo LEE / Flickr

Hawai‘i’s minimum wage will rise to 10-dollars and ten cents an hour next year from its current level of $9.25. A proposal to increase it even more was defeated in the legislature earlier this year. This week, the government in South Korea boosted the national minimum wage—by double digits. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute.

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Wikipedia Commons

  In less than three weeks, Hawaii’s minimum wage will be going up to $7.75 an hour—fifty cents higher than it is now. By January 2018, the minimum wage in the state will be $10.10 an hour.  A much different level of a minimum wage was the focus of demonstrations this week in Indonesia. HPR’s Bill Dorman has more in today’s Asia Minute. 

What it's like to live on $7.25 an hour in Honolulu

May 26, 2014
Molly Solomon
Molly Solomon

Hawaii is now officially the third state this year to increase its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill into law Friday, gradually raising it over the next four years. Even with that increase, surviving on a minimum wage job is a challenge. Especially in a state with one of the highest costs of living. HPR’s Molly Solomon spent some time with someone who knows that firsthand.

Hawaii Governor Neil Abercrombie signed the bill to raise the minimum wage into law today. The new law will gradually raise the starting pay from the current $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2018. The Governor started the signing ceremony with a bit of humor, beginning his speech at 10:10 am this morning.

The incremental raise goes into effect next year, starting with an increase to $7.75 beginning Jan. 1, 2015.

Town Square: Minimum Wage Increase

Feb 13, 2014

For supporters of a minimum wage hike, the counter argument  always seems to be a potential  loss in jobs. Now new research doesn't seem to support that result.  Today at 5pm on Town Square, our panel  looks at the the possible outcomes of an increase in Hawaii's minimum wage. 

Wayne Yoshioka

A State Senate Committee advanced a measure today that would raise Hawai’i’s minimum wage.   HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka reports.    

Wayne Yoshioka

Welfare recipients in Hawai’i receive benefits that are equal to more than four times the amount a person can earn working at minimum wage. That, according to a national study published last month, which ranks the state number one in terms of handing out the most generous public assistance packages in the nation. HPR’s Wayne Yoshioka went on the road for a look at the situation. 

There’s been a lot of talk surrounding the impact of raising the minimum wage. Two proposed bills in the legislation have the support of Governor Abercrombie, and could bump up our current minimum wage to $8.75 an hour. This has caused concern for Hawaii economists and HPR’s Molly Solomon has this report. You can view UHERO's full report on raising the minimum wage here.