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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.”

Workers need $17 minimum wage

Do the right thing, Hawaii, and let’s start down the path to restore love, hope, charity and equal opportunity for all of Hawaii’s people. Providing a $17 minimum living wage will help to restore the dignity for those who want to work hard and take care of their own.