by Paul Saito
The Hawaii Legislature has passed a bill that will increase the minimum wage from $7.25 to $10.10, with hikes every year from 2015 to 2018. Senate Bill (SB) 2609 also will increase the state’s tip credit from 25 cents to 75 cents over the next two years. The bill will be sent to Governor Neil Abercrombie, who has supported the measure throughout the process and is expected to sign it into law.
SB 2609 will increase Hawaii’s minimum wage from $7.25 per hour to $10.10 per hour over the next four years. On January 1, 2015, the minimum wage will increase to $7.75. The rate will rise to $8.50 on January 1, 2016, and $9.25 on January 1, 2017. Finally, on January 1, 2018, the minimum wage will rise to $10.10.