Bill for $18 minimum wage clears first hurdle

  • Scott Yunker / The Garden Island

    Chris Molina says raising the state minimum wage is “a no-brainer,” as he holds his sign along Kaumuali‘i Highway in Lihu‘e recently.

HONOLULU — State legislators voted Monday to pass a historic bill raising the minimum wage to $18 an hour by 2026 through the Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts, the first step in a long process to make the bill a reality.