Gov. Neil Abercrombie today commented on President Barack Obama's State of the Union address, which mirrors his investment in early childhood education and his push for increasing the minimum wage.
Gov. Abercrombie stated:
"It's encouraging that President Obama's national priorities echo those I've outlined as top initiatives for the State of Hawaii.
"The President's emphasis on early childhood education are in line with Hawaii's plans to expand access to pre-kindergarten for all four year olds. We are investing in new partnerships to provide our keiki with the educational opportunities they deserve.
"As I stated in last week's State of the State address, a hard-working sector in Hawaii has gone seven years without seeing their wages rise. I applaud the President's proposal to increase the minimum wage for all federal employees."