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The call for a living wage

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.” (Matthew 25:35-36)

Livable wage can sustain our economy

Consumer spending is two-thirds of our economy. So when we scratch our heads about why Hawaii’s GDP is not growing as fast as the rest of the country, the answer lies in how much money our residents have to spend. At $10.10 an hour, our low-income workers clearly do not have enough to buy food and pay rent — in short, be “self-sufficient.”

Failure To Enact A Living Wage Will Hurt Businesses

Business groups like to talk about personal responsibility. Why then do they cling so tenaciously to the idea that taxpayers and the state must subsidize the cost of labor, and pay for the fallout from poverty and growing houselessness? The current state of things is untenable. As lawmakers we have exactly one tool that will lift hundreds of thousands out of poverty: enact a living wage. It is unconscionable to not do so.