Dear Chief State Economist

KHNL: People keep leaving Hawaii in droves and this year was no exceptlon:

http://m.hawaiinewsnow.com/hawaiinewsnow/db/330510/content/L9UvhHGG

It isn’t because of Hawaii’s high cost of living. Other places are expensive to live in, too.

It’s because of the massive gap between our cost of living and the pathetic excuse for pay in Hawaii.

When I worked here as a technical writer, Hawaii pay for same experience/same work was half what it was on the mainland.

Also, our disgusting – and (in my opinion) criminal and blatently discriminatory – minimum (aka starvation) wage means people have to work two fulltime jobs if they want to eat regularly and live anywhere except on the streets.

(Our continued building of housing for billionaires and corporations instead of real people who live here just makes it worse.)

So, if you had a choice of slaving away for practically nothing, or moving elsewhere with decent pay – what would you do? 

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