Hawaii looks to become the third state to pass a $10.10 per hour minimum wage, following in the steps of Connecticut and Maryland. Legislators¬†reached a deal on Friday¬†on a bill that would phase in the higher wage by 2018. A final vote on the bill should come Tuesday, and Gov. Neil Abercrombie (D) has expressed support for the bill. While the U.S. Senate is set to vote on a minimum wage increase¬†as soon as this week, prospects remain less likely that a bill will even be voted on in the Republican-controlled U.S. House.
Christine Owens, executive director of the National Employment Law Project, commented on the¬†growing trend¬†of states increasing their minimum wage:
There’s one reason why Hawaii, Connecticut, Maryland and other states throughout the country are raising the minimum wage to $10.10‚ÄĒbecause Congress hasn’t. The fact that a groundswell of states and cities are now taking action to boost pay for low-wage workers underscores the urgent need for Congress to follow suit and pass a long-overdue increase in the federal minimum wage.
“I commend our legislators for advancing the proposal to raise Hawaii‚Äôs minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. It is imperative to provide our lowest-paid workers with the economic stability and security they deserve….I look forward to working with the legislature to bring fairness to the people of Hawaii.”
This article was originally printed on AFL-CIO on April 28, 2014. ¬†Reprinted with permission.
About the¬†Author: Kenneth Quinnell¬†is¬†a¬†long-time blogger, campaign staffer and political activist whose writings have appeared on AFL-CIO,¬†Daily Kos, Alternet, the Guardian Online, Media Matters for America, Think Progress, Campaign for America‚Äôs Future and elsewhere.