UPLIFTING HAWAI'I'S ECONOMY.
Hawai'i should be affordable for all.
Yet, today, the median price of a single-family home on O'ahu is over a million dollars. According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition, a minimum-wage employee must work 114 hours per week to afford a one-bedroom apartment, while a full-time worker must earn $37.69 per hour to afford a two-bedroom rental.
It's time to make Hawai'i's economy work for Hawai'i's people. I support creating a living wage of at least $18/hour and linking future increases to the consumer price index, so that everyone can afford to meet their basic needs.
I will also work to establish paid sick and family leave programs that allow workers to care for newborns, aging kupuna, and themselves without sacrificing their financial well-being. Finally, I will fight for truly affordable housing and tax fairness to prevent future generations from being priced out of paradise.