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Senate committees hold hearings on House bills related to 2020 Cost of Living Initiative

Senate committees will hold hearings over the next two days on bills that crossed over

from the House of Representatives that are part of the 2020 Cost of Living Initiative to provide real economic benefits for Hawai‘i’s families and individuals as part of our

collective kuleana.



The bills, as part of this joint legislative package, aim to provide all children who are 3- to 4-years-old, or will be eligible for kindergarten within two years, with access to learning through an early learning program; and increasing the minimum wage rate, along with making the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and an increase and amending the refundable food/excise tax credit by basing the amount of the credit on a taxpayer’s Hawai‘i earned income, rather than federal adjusted gross income.


The Senate Committee on Education will hold a hearing on House Bill 2543, House Draft 1 relating to access to learning at 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, 2020, in conference

room 229.


The Senate Committee on Labor, Culture and the Arts will hold a hearing on House Bill 2541, House Draft 1 relating to helping working families at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, March 12, 2020, in conference room 224.


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