House passes measure to halt salary increases for governor, government officials

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HONOLULU (KHON2) — The Hawaii House of Representatives passed a a measure on Tuesday suspending a scheduled salary increase for Governor David Ige and members of his cabinet, judges and legislators.

House Speaker Scott Saiki introduced the floor amendment that called for the suspension of the Commission on Salaries’ recommended salary increases for certain government officials.

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The pay raises were originally set to go in effect on July 1, but were reconsidered after public grievances were raised about government officials receiving pay raises amid the pandemic, which has put many residents out of work.

The suspension is set to run through December 31, 2022.

Governor Ige expressed his support for the suspension through the following statement:

“I fully support any action to suspend pay raises for myself, my cabinet, judges and legislators that were set to go into effect on July 1. I informed my cabinet months ago that I would not be taking the salary increase recommended by the Commission on Salaries, and I asked my cabinet to do the same. As public servants, it is our duty to do our part to help the state rebuild the economy, while keeping the health and safety of our community our top priority.

Hawaii Governor David ige

The measure now heads to the state Senate for a vote.

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