Hawaii House leaders propose an $18 minimum wage

  • Associated Press Associated Press Hilo Rep. Richard Onishi, left, speaks with House Majority Leader Della Au Bellatti on Wednesday’s opening day of the legislative session at the Hawaii State Capitol in Honolulu. Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature with House leaders proposing to raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands.

HONOLULU — Hawaii lawmakers opened a new session of the Legislature on Wednesday with House leaders proposing to raise the state’s minimum wage to $18 an hour and spend $600 million on housing for Native Hawaiians on the waiting list for Hawaiian homelands.