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Wednesday, January 23, 2019
Small Business Poll: 88% Say 'No' to Minimum Wage Hike
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Certainty on three issues, undecided on employees seeing their personnel records

News Release from NFIB Hawaii

HONOLULU, Jan. 23, 2019—Results from a poll of Hawaii small-business owners released today show them decided on three issues, slightly against another, and undecided on one.

As it does every year, NFIB, the nation’s and Hawaii’s leading small-business association, polls its members on state and federal issues affecting their right to own, operate, and grow their businesses. Results from the annual poll center NFIB’s lobbying positions in Honolulu and in Washington, D.C. The 2019 Hawaii state member ballot asked five questions.

In light of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, should Hawaii enact legislation promoting public sector union membership?
Yes—2 percent
No—81 percent
Und.—17 percent

Do you support legislation requiring employers who do not offer an employer-sponsored retirement plan to offer a Hawaii state-sponsored retirement account for their employees?
Yes—9 percent
No—77 percent
Und.—14 percent

Should Hawaii pass legislation that expands crowdsourced funding to public/private infrastructure projects?
Yes—14 percent
No—52 percent
Und.—33 percent

Should Hawaii increase the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 an hour to a proposed $15 per hour?
Yes—7 percent
No—88 percent
Und.—5 percent

Should employees have the right to examine their personnel file upon request?
Yes—39 percent
No—43 percent
Und.—18 percent

“Hawaii raised its minimum wage to $10.10 an hour just last year,” said Melissa Pavlicek, NFIB Hawaii’s state director. “To do so again, especially by such a huge amount, will almost certainly stall hiring plans, overtime calculations, business expansion and have a ripple effect on other business operations. Hawaii employers have the added expense of complying with the state’s Prepaid Healthcare Act, which should be considered when examining the minimum wage. Raising minimum wage rates shuts the door on younger workers who are looking for their first job opportunity.”


For more than 75 years, NFIB has been advocating on behalf of America’s small and independent business owners, both in Washington, D.C., and in all 50 state capitals. NFIB is nonprofit, nonpartisan, and member-driven. Since our founding in 1943, NFIB has been exclusively dedicated to small and independent businesses and remains so today. For more information, please visit

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