April 24, 2019 Edition

Minimum Wage Bills Heard by Conference Committee
MAC to Hold Quarterly Briefing on May 21
Three Costly Employee Experience Mistakes

President's Message

Aloha Chamber members,

Hawaii has the highest per capita homelessness in the nation. Approximately 1,500 are chronically homeless (addiction, mental illness, homeless for more than six months). The cost to the state per homeless person is more than $82,000 per year for healthcare services. This does not include other categories of homelessness, including transitional or episodic. This is hardly sustainable. Urgent action is necessary to prevent the exacerbation of the situation that without coordination, collaboration and partnership, will impact the health of Hawaii’s economy and the livelihood of our people.  

As such, in a continuing effort to elevate awareness of the homeless population and share information on steps that are being taken to address this critical issue, Lt. Governor Josh Green shared his 10 Point Plan: An Initiative on Chronic Homeless at the Chamber’s last Board of Directors meeting. He identifies the Chronic Homelessness Trifecta as the intersection of Poverty, Mental Illness and Drug Addiction. His 10 Point Plan is a multi-prong approach which includes health and human services, temporary and permanent housing, and addiction services. As the Lieutenant Governor stated, “housing is healthcare.”

To prevent the homeless population from continuing to grow, we need to address Hawaii’s high cost of living issues, particularly for many residents who are on the brink of homelessness or one paycheck away. We need to look at what’s driving the cost. And, what we can do to address the issue from a foundational level, rather than with solutions that appear to help, but don’t necessarily move the needle.

Laulima & mahalo,

Sherry Menor-McNamara
President & CEO
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Advocating for Business

Minimum Wage Bills Heard by Conference Committee

This Friday marks the final decking deadline for legislative bills. All bills must be out of their conference committee referrals by this deadline. The full legislature will have the opportunity to vote on these bills next week before officially ending the 2019 legislative session on Thursday, May 2nd.
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Supporting our Military

MAC to Hold Quarterly Briefing on May 21

The Military Affairs Committee (MAC) will hold its next Quarterly Briefing on Tuesday, May 21st from 7:30 - 9:00 am at the Pacific Club's Card Room. Guest speaker, Lt Gen Giovanni Tuck, Director for Logistics (J4), Joint Staff, will share his responsibilities as a key advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff in the Pentagon.

Click here to RSVP.

Building our Membership

Three Costly Employee Experience Mistakes
Forbes outlines three common issues that companies face in employee experience. Click here to read more.
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May 23: Business After Hours at Island Club and Spa

June 11-12: Hawaii on the Hill

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May 1-2: Hawaii STEM Conference

May 7: Business Exit Planning

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