Gov. calls for Hawaii minimum wage boost

Published On: Jan 21 2014 01:56:00 PM HST

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie says he wants to raise the state's minimum wage to at least $8.75.

Click here to watch the excerpt from the governor's speech.

Abercrombie told lawmakers in his annual State of the State address Tuesday that he will be proposing a bill to increase the minimum wage by $1.50 starting in January 2015.

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The current minimum wage is $7.25. Hawaii's minimum wage last saw an increase in 2007.

He says Hawaii's unemployment rate has improved to the fifth lowest in the nation, but minimum wage earners are confronted by the much higher cost of living in the state.

Abercrombie says it's a myth that increases to the minimum wage benefits mostly teenagers. He says that in Hawaii, 85 percent of minimum wage earners are 21 years or older.

Click here to read the entire 2014 State of the State Address transcript.


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