Hawaii Passes $18 Wage

The legislature in the Aloha State has passed a new minimum wage bill and sent it to term-limited lame-duck Governor David Ige for his signature. House Bill 2510 begins increasing the current $10.10 per hour wage on October 1 of this year, mandating a rise to $12 per hour at that time. Subsequently, the wage…

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Minimum Wage Issues

No surprise here given President Biden’s self-proclamation as the most labor-friendly President in history, but the annual Economic Report by the Presidents Council of Economic Advisors calls for increased minimum wages and higher unionization rates as ways to boost U.S. economic growth. Its latest report, released last week, also calls for measures to curb the…

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An Update on Minimum Wages

Legislation has been approved by the Hawaiian Senate – and a slightly different version was given preliminary approval in the House – both of which will kick up the minimum wage in the Aloha State to $18/hour over the next few years. Currently, the state minimum is $10.10 per hour, but that will change rather…

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Mask Mandates Dropping Fast

Right in time for President Biden’s State of the Union (SOTU) address this week, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) issued a new guidance recommending that face masks need be worn only by individuals in high-risk areas on the country or by those who may have a high risk of serious infection. The latest CDC…

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Hawaii Senate Passes $18 Minimum Wage

It may still have to get through the Hawaiian House of Representatives, but the state Senate gave almost unanimous approval to a fast-tracked bill raising the state minimum wage to $18 per hour. SB 2018, which passed by a vote of 24-1 in the 25-member senate, rapidly phases in increases to the current $10.10 per…

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Hawaii Residents to Receive Gift Cards

Hawaii, which last month took “ban the box” policies to a whole new level when Governor David Ige signed a law limiting employer questions about criminal convictions to only the last seven years, is planning to distribute $500 gift cards to residents. Eligible residents, which will include those state residents that applied for unemployment benefits…

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Maryland, New Jersey Minimum Wage Outlook

With a new legislature taking office this past week in Annapolis, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan can anticipate using his veto pen on a host of proposals should they make it to his desk. Legislators in the Terrapin State have already begun pushing another increase in the state minimum wage from the current $10.10/hour to a…

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Aloha, Dunkin’!

Having made its mark up and down the California coast, Dunkin’ Donuts is readying its return to Hawaii. According to the Honolulu Star Advertiser newspaper, “Hawaii’s first Dunkin’ Donuts shop in more than a decade will be near the Honolulu Airport as part of a development project that includes an IHOP restaurant, a Shell gas…

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Independent Joe #42 February/ March 2017

In some of its earliest iterations, it was referred to as yellow journalism. Back in the early days of this nation’s history, it manifested itself in so-called Pamphlets, where the writer would use a pseudonym and slander his political opponents with outrageous allegations – some having just a sliver of truth, others lacking even the…

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Aloha to Another Court Rebuke

It seemingly has been one court after another ensuring that government not be allowed to just do as it wishes without regard to its legal authority!  Another case in point comes from the Aloha state last week over the issue of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Three local communities in the state of Hawaii had decided…

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