New legislative package announced prior to opening day of session

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 - Hawaii News Now covers the new legislative package unveiled the day before session begins by Governor Ige and state leaders. This is the first joint House/Senate package since 2004. This package plans to increase the minimum wage to $13 by 2024, build a more affordable house, expansion of affordable childcare,  a $70 million dollar investment for working-class tax relief and a refundable earned income tax credit. 

Lawmakers want to make it more affordable to live in Hawaii for middle-class families so that they don't feel the need to move out-of-state because it is too expensive. 

Common Cause Hawaii is hesistant about the package and Sandy Ma, Executive Director said “We are concerned about the appearance of backroom dealings.” 

For the full story by Hawaii News Now > https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/2020/01/15/governor-lawmakers-announce-legislative-package-aimed-easing-hawaiis-cost-living/

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