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Hawaii Set To Raise Minimum Wage To $10.10

| by Will Hagle

Hawaii's legislators have passed a minimum wage increase, the first in the state since 2007. The new law raises the state’s minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10 per hour. The law is scheduled to be phased in over four years, according to Time. 

The law was a response to higher living costs in Hawaii, as well as general increased support for low-wage workers. Hawaii’s current minimum wage law is the same as the federal law, which several states also follow. 

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Hawaii, however, is the third state to raise its minimum wage to $10.10 this year, following Connecticut and Maryland. As MSNBC notes, President Obama has voiced support for raising the minimum wage to $10.10 at the federal level, but has failed to push the legislation through the House of Representatives. 

Hawaii’s legislation differs from Maryland and Connecticut’s recently-passed laws in regards to the way it governs tipped employees. The law would prevent employers from dipping below the $10.10 minimum base if an employee makes less than $17.10 with tips. Above the $17.10 mark, employers can reduce base pay by $0.75. 

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Gov. Neil Abercrombie is expected to sign the bill into law.