Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - KITV4 covers Governor David Ige's announcement that unveils a package of bills to tackle on income inequality. The first bill would increase the minimum wage incrementally to $13 an hour by 2024 while another bill aims to increase access to child care for kids that are 3 to 4-years-old. The third bill in relation to the second bill plans to develop a new state agency to oversee the construction of education facilities. And finally, the last bills intends to build thousands of affordable housing units.
Faith Action for Community Equity is concerned that half the units would be for families earning 140% of the area median income pricing them at $900,000. Lawmakers are expecting a pushback from the announcement but believe it is a starting point towards relief on the high cost of living in Hawaii.