(HONOLULU) -- The governor of Hawaii on Friday signed a bill that will incrementally increase the state's minimum wage to $10.10 within the next four years.
The legislation will also increase the tip credit within the next two years, "providing our lowest paid workers with the economic stability and security they deserve," Gov. Neil Abercrombie said. The bill will bring the minimum wage in Hawaii to the same rate that President Obama raised all federal contract workers to earlier this year.
The current minimum wage in Hawaii is $7.25 per hour, which will increase to $7.75 per hour by Jan. 1, 2015. The rate will increase by 75 cents for each of the following two years and hit $10.10 by Jan. 1, 2018.
Any employee who receives $7 more than the applicable minimum wage in combined wages and tips will see their tip credit increase to 50 cents in 2015 and 75 cents in 2016.
Hawaii is the third state to match President Obama's $10.10 minimum wage, following Connecticut and Maryland.
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