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Minimum wage bill dies in Legislature

April 27, 2013
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - With minutes left before the deadline, Hawaii lawmakers killed a bill that would have raised the state minimum wage from $7.25 to $9.

Both Democratic-controlled chambers passed measures this session to increase the wage. Many said the increase would help Hawaii families manage the high cost of living in the islands.

But lawmakers disagreed about several aspects of the measure, including the tip credit that employers should receive, how fast the wage should rise and to what level.

Members of Hawaii's business community also have been pressuring legislators to kill the bill. They say the proposal would raise the already high cost of doing business in Hawaii.

The bill's death comes as President Barack Obama pushes for an increase in the federal minimum wage.



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