Majority of Hawaii's Legislators Support a Living Wage

2018 elections bring majority support to living wage legislation

November 19, 2018 — Living Wage Hawaii and its supporters look forward to the 2019 legislative session, as the majority of elected officials have confirmed their support for raising the minimum wage to a living wage.

“We are excited that we finally have the votes to get a living wage bill passed in 2019. This will be a huge benefit to our entire community,” said Nate Hix, founder of Living Wage Hawaii.

The passage of this Democratic Party ideal —that all full-time workers should be able to afford their basic needs— is coming to Hawaii, after a majority of representatives, senators, and Governor Ige have all confirmed their support to move the minimum wage up to a living wage.

This summer both the Democratic Party of Hawaii and City and County of Honolulu passed resolutions urging the state legislature to increase the minimum wage up to a living wage.

Based on a Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism study, a living wage today is estimated at $17 an hour.

The Democratic Party followed up by sending out a questionnaire asking Democratic candidates if they support this party ideal, to move the minimum wage up to a living wage. All but six of the candidates who responded to the questionnaire agreed with this change.

Combined with the questionnaire that Living Wage Hawaii sent out to all legislators, 27 representatives support this change as well as 17 senators and Governor Ige.

The following Hawaii state legislators agree with the Democratic Party's living wage resolution:

Governor: David Ige

Senators: 17

District 1 - Kaiali‘i Kahele

District 2 - Russell Ruderman​*

District 3 - Dru Kanuha

District 4 - Lorraine Inouye

District 5 - Gilbert Keith-Agaran*

District 6 - Roz Baker

District 7 - Kalani English*

District 9 - Stanley Chang*

District 11 - Brian Taniguchi*

District 12 - Sharon Moriwaki

District 13 - Karl Rhoads*

District 16 - Breene Harimoto

District 17 - Clarence Nishihara

District 18 - Michelle Kidani

District 20 - Mike Gabbard*

District 21 - Maile Shimabukuro

District 24 - Jarrett Keohokalole*

Representatives: 27

District 2 - Chris Todd

District 5 - Richard Creagan

District 6 - Nicole Lowen*

 

District 7 - Dru Kanuha

 

District 8 - Troy Hashimoto

 

District 10 - Angus McKelvey

 

District 11 - Tina Wildberger

 

District 14 - Nadine Nakamura

 

District 16 - Dee Morikawa

 

District 20 - Calvin Say*

 

District 22 - Tom Brower

 

District 23 - Dale Kobayashi

 

District 28 - John Mizuno

 

District 29 - Daniel Holt

 

District 30 - Romy Cachola

 

District 31 - Aaron Johanson

 

District 32 - Linda Ichiyama

 

District 35 - Roy Takumi

 

District 37 - Ryan Yamane

 

District 38 - Henry Aquino

 

District 39 - Ty Cullen

 

District 44 - Cedric Gates*

 

District 46 - Amy Perruso

 

District 47 - Sean Quinlan*

 

District 48 - Lisa Kitagawa

 

District 49 - Scot Matayoshi

 

District 51 - Chris Lee

*Did not receive or agree to the Democratic Party questionnaire, but does support moving the minimum wage up to a living wage.

Other elected officials who have co-sponsored legislation to increase the minimum wage to $15 per hour:

 

Senators: 2

District 14 - Donna Mercado Kim

District 25 - Laura Thielen

Representatives: 7

District 4 - Joy San Buenaventura

 

District 9 - Justin Woodson

 

District 13 - Lynn DeCoite

 

District 24 - Della Au Belatti

 

District 25 - Sylvia Luke

 

District 26 - Scott Saiki

 

District 27 - Takashi Ohno

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