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Minimum-wage bill advances
Hawaii's minimum wage would gradually increase to $9 per hour under a measure that sailed through its first legislative committee vote yesterday.
If enacted, minimum wage workers in the islands would earn an annual salary before taxes of about $18,720 a year, assuming a 40-hour work week.
Employees would get a 75 cent an hour boost to $8 in July 2009 and reach $9 an hour in 2011, according to the bill passed by the House Labor Committee on a 10-2 vote. It now goes to the House Finance Committee.
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