The GSO advocates on behalf of a unique and diverse community at the local, state, and national level. We’re committed to providing graduate students at UH Mānoa the support they need to conduct research, participate in academic development, and enhance the overall graduate experience in Hawaii. As such, we maintain a presence at the capitol and advocate for legislation that, as voted on by our executive council and general assembly, help improve the standing of graduate students in the state of Hawaii.
We believe it crucial to our constituents’ well-being that we work to highlight the very particular circumstances of UH Manoa graduate students not just within the University system itself, but within local and state government apparatuses.
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2017 Legislative Session
Increases the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour in 2018 and $12 per hour in 2019, $13.50 per hour in 2020, and $15 per hour in 2021. Increases the tip credit to an unspecified amount of cents in 2018. Requires the department of labor and industrial relations to annually calculate the adjusted minimum wage rate to the nearest 5 cents using the Honolulu region CPI-W. Takes effect 1/7/2059.
Requires that two members of the University of Hawaii board of regents be faculty members. Prohibits the University of Hawaii board of regents from increasing tuition fees until an unspecified date. Establishes a cap on the University of Hawaii’s general fund appropriation for operating expenses for the next five fiscal years. Requires the university to report to the legislature regarding tuition increases and the university’s repair and maintenance costs.
Expands the low income-household renters’ income tax credit based on adjusted gross income and filing status. Establishes a state earned income tax credit. Restores the income tax rates for high income brackets that were repealed on 12/31/15. Removes the sunset for the refundable food/excise tax credit.
Requires the University of Hawaii at Manoa to provide its nonsupervisory blue collar employees in collective bargaining unit (1) and supervisory blue collar employees in collective bargaining unit (2), or their family members, with tuition waivers comparable to the tuition waivers provided to university faculty and their family members.
Proposes a constitutional amendment to ensure access to clean drinking water, meaningful health care, and a quality education are among the inherent and inalienable rights of individuals.
Prohibits persons licensed to provide professional counseling from engaging in, attempting to engage in, or advertising sexual orientation change efforts on persons under 18 years of age.
Proposes amendments to the Constitution of the State of Hawaii to advance the State’s goal of providing a quality education for the children of Hawaii by authorizing the legislature to establish, as provided by law, a surcharge on residential investment property and visitor accommodations.