Coconut Poll Readers Survey: Has Hawaii's high cost of living affected your physical and/or mental health? This week we talked about research that shows increases in the minimum wage will lead to decreased suicide rates. See our article: https://mauitime.com/news/health/raise-the-minimum-wage-and-reduce-suicide-study-says/ Vote and leave a comment below for a … [Read more...] about Coconut Poll: Cost of Living and Your Health
[Content Warning: Suicide] Increases to the minimum wage result in a decrease in the rate of suicide among individuals with a high school education or less, found a study published last month in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. Researchers involved in the report looked at monthly data for all 50 states and the District of Columbia from 1990 to 2015 and … [Read more...] about Raise the Minimum Wage and Reduce Suicide, Study Says
Coconut Poll Readers Survey: Is $13 an hour by 2024 an acceptable state minimum wage? This week we talked about the state minimum wage and other federal, state, and local initiatives that impact the lives of the poor and working class. Read the story: … [Read more...] about Coconut Poll: Minimum Wage 2020
“The poor are less often dismissed, I hope, from our conscience today by being branded as inferior and incompetent… The dignity of the individual will flourish when the decisions concerning his life are in his own hands, when he has the assurance that his income is stable and certain, and when he knows that he has the means to seek self-improvement.” -Dr. Martin Luther King … [Read more...] about A Dream Deferred: A week after Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the war on the poor continues
One hundred and nine hours a week, or 16 hours a day with no days off – that’s how much a worker in Hawai‘i earning the minimum wage has to work to afford a one-bedroom rental without being considered “cost burdened.” This data, from the National Low Income Housing Coalition, is Exhibit A in the growing set of evidence regarding Hawai‘i’s high cost of living, affirming what … [Read more...] about Raising the Minimum Wage: Proceed with caution or courage?