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Public should take priority when framing ‘public policy’

The landscape is not as bleak as it might seem in the shadow of COVID-19. House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke has just given low-wage workers reason to hope. She is reported to have said recently when asked about the state

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Do legislators feel the “fierce urgency of now?” Voters want to see that they do.

This OpEd was first published in the Honolulu Star Advertiser, Oct 2, 2019. I have the privilege of working with various  nonprofits on issues of community well-being. These nonprofits are doing courageous work on shoestring budgets, filling the potholes in

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Speaker Saiki cites Obama to explain failure to raise the minimum wage. Really???

While Speaker Saiki’s recent OpEd (Honolulu Star Advertiser 5/27/2019) makes passing reference to “a blue state like Hawaii,” his arguments for why the legislature failed to ensure a raise for working people are more likely to make them see red.

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‘Democratic’ lawmakers fail to pass living wage for Hawaii workers

National and local research has shown that raising the minimum wage is good for the economy. Yet, despite an avalanche of calls from workers, clergy, enlightened businesspeople, mental health experts and doctors, Hawaii lawmakers let the minimum wage bill die

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PLEASE CALL/EMAIL NOW: There is still time to raise the minimum wage for Hawaii’s struggling workers

GUEST POST BY GARY HOOSER This past Friday, the House was unable to get the approvals needed from their Finance Committee to pass the minimum wage bill out of the Conference Committee. Unless another committee meeting is scheduled tomorrow, April

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A living wage aids mental health and allows workers to be more present at work. That’s good for business.

Time is of the essence! Please email these legislators now: Rep. Aaron Johanson – repjohanson@capitol.hawaii.gov Rep. Sylvia Luke – repluke@capitol.hawaii.gov Sen. Brian Taniguchi – sentaniguchi@capitol.hawaii.gov Sen. Gil Keith-Agaran – senkeithagaran@capitol.hawaii.gov Sen. Stanley Chang – senchang@capitol.hawaii.gov For the bill to pass

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Working multiple jobs and not able to meet basic needs? There is no aloha in condemning workers to less than a living wage.

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“All faith traditions say take care of the vulnerable.” Tell lawmakers we need a living wage now.

A living wage would benefit not just workers, but businesses and the overall state economy as well. Time is of the essence! Please email these legislators as soon as possible, but definitely by the end of the day on Thursday,

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Poverty undermines children’s health: Hawaiʻi families need a living wage now.

You can help:  please call the following members of the conference committee for SB789.   Let them know you want them to pass a $15 minimum wage bill this year for ALL workers. REPRESENTATIVES Johanson (586-9470); Luke (586-6200), Cullen (586-8490) and

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Families are leaving Hawaii for lack of a living wage. Tell lawmakers to enact a $15/hour minimum wage now.

"Because of not having a living wage… I can't afford my tuition… I can't start my career here, and I can't start my life here. I have to move out." – Ma Glidolet Rallojay, UH Manoa student. Go to https://t.co/m2ermm6lzZ

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