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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Confirmation bias in the pros and cons of minimum-wage studies
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:34 AM :: 166 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Video of presentation at Hawaii Pacific University ....

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Rising costs, construction woes hamper clean energy efforts in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 364 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... obstacles in the path toward statewide elimination of fossil fuels ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Getting by with a little help from our friends
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 397 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is working with experts around the country to create a better Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
More homebuilding needed to solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:10 PM :: 433 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the primary causes of Hawaii's high housing prices are extensive land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related regulations ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
12,603 Hawaii residents left last year
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 903 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves because the cost of living is too high .... 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Our Kids Are Going Away
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 570 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Not considering charter schools, enrollment dropped from 168,152 in 2018-19 to 156,518 in 2022-23, and it is projected to decrease further to 148,096 by 2027-28 ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fed up with High Gas Prices and Slow Amazon Deliveries? Blame These 2 Century‐​Old Laws That Need to Be Repealed.
By Cato Foundation @ 9:12 PM :: 1064 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... To avoid higher costs, many companies are forced to turn to imports ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
​Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:13 PM :: 802 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Kai Kahele: Josh Green Funders Drive Local Families out of Hawaii
By Video @ 5:07 AM :: 1652 Views :: Democratic Party, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"...The same money driving up housing prices, buying up our land, and pushing out local families is the same money [Green] has used and is using to fund his campaign. I will never accept this as being good for Hawaii...."

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Why housing in Hawaii is expensive--Are outsiders buying up Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 AM :: 1125 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the most expensive home prices in the nation ....

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Monday, September 12, 2022
McDermott pledges congressional action to stabilize Hawaii Housing costs
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:08 PM :: 154 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development, Military, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... compel the DOD via statue to build all the base housing they need (approximately 40k units) for their servicemembers’ families on base in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022
​Top-down energy plans not going down easy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:41 AM :: 717 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... how we got to this point ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
Aiona/Tupaʻi Campaign Announces Affordable Housing Initiative
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 11:05 PM :: 127 Views :: Development, Land Use, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... The Problem with the Hawaiʻi Real Estate Market is the effect that “outside influences” are having on housing prices and availability ....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Will Hawaii's Minimum Wage Backfire?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 806 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... might the wage increase backfire and actually end up harming the very people it was supposed to help ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Grassroot Institute’s ‘shocking’ new housing report
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:09 PM :: 931 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute President Keli‘i Akina says report shifts the focus from a scapegoat to policies that can actually result in more housing ....

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Saturday, September 3, 2022
Will more bureaucracy solve permit delays?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:00 PM :: 927 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the average delay for permits or approvals in Hawaii is more than three times as high as the national mean ....

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Friday, September 2, 2022
HECO's Idea of 'Good News' -- Oahu Electric Bills to go up 4%
By News Release @ 12:43 AM :: 721 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is an improvement over the earlier forecast that projected bills would increase 7% or about $15 after the coal plant ends operations, which is scheduled for today ....

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Saturday, August 27, 2022
Do Outside Buyers Drive up Hawaii Real Estate Prices?
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:33 AM :: 1057 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “There’s a correlation between high regulation and high prices in housing,” Akina said. “That’s the real problem we’re facing in Hawaii." ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2022
Hawaii Ranks #1 for Student Loan Deadbeats
By Selected News Articles @ 6:32 PM :: 950 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

... No state has a higher percentage of student-loan balances past due or in default ....

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Wednesday, August 24, 2022
New report removes divisive distraction
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:25 PM :: 755 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... It is tempting to look for scapegoats when we talk about Hawaii’s housing crisis ....

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Tuesday, August 23, 2022
Hawaii Taxes are 2nd Largest Household Expense
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 1135 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Exceeded only by Housing--but on the Big Island, Taxes are the largest household expense item ....

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Monday, August 22, 2022
To Tax or Not to Tax Sale of Food and Medicine
By UHERO @ 4:19 AM :: 771 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... taxes on the purchases of those expenditures disproportionately hurt low income households ....

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Thursday, August 18, 2022
Out-of-state buyers don't drive Hawaii home prices, report shows
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:06 AM :: 2158 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A pathbreaking analysis of nationwide data dispels the popular belief that out-of-state home buyers are the cause of the state's housing woes ....

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Monday, August 15, 2022
Foreclosure Rate up 94% in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:41 PM :: 971 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... In Hawaii, foreclosures rose by 94.1%, from 202 in the first six months of 2021 to 392 in the first half of 2022 .....

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Sunday, August 14, 2022
A GE Tax Exemption for Food
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:39 AM :: 892 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... The three Democratic candidates for governor all support it ....

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Friday, August 12, 2022
Rolling Blackouts Coming in September: Hawaii ends use of coal for power generation
By News Release @ 3:09 AM :: 1450 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... 7% bill increase forecasted ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
How the Foreclosure Rate in Hawaii Compares to the Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:59 PM :: 937 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... housing market appears to be coming back to earth ....

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Thursday, August 11, 2022
Honolulu Inflation Lowest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:43 PM :: 785 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
... Consumer Price Index Change ​6.8% year over year ....
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Monday, August 8, 2022
House Maui initiative aims to identify and reduce homebuilding restraints
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:40 PM :: 1002 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The housing situation on Maui is the worst in the state ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
When bureaucracy grows, housing does not
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:28 PM :: 965 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... more regulation and delays ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Honolulu Average Studio Apartment Rent $2,705
By Selected News Articles @ 7:11 PM :: 1180 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Think your Hawaii rent is high? It probably is ....

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Saturday, August 6, 2022
Hawaii is the most difficult state to buy a home
By Selected News Articles @ 6:55 PM :: 1114 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the average mortgage payment is 78.3% of the state's median income ....

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Thursday, July 28, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest HOA Fees in USA
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 1151 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... On average, HOA monthly fees in Hawaii are about $762 a month ....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2022
VIDEO: Why Hawaii should consider the ‘Tokyo model’ for housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 PM :: 1232 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s zoning, land-use and other homebuilding restrictions have led to Hawaii having “one of the worst housing markets in the country, and even internationally.” ....

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Monday, July 25, 2022
Report: Hawaii Housing Deficit Increases 98% Since 2012
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 1139 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... First-of-its kind report quantifies housing shortage by metropolitan and county levels, finds underproduction in state reached more than 7,600 homes in 2019, up from 3,900 in 2012 ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
Affordable? Maui Price Fixing Bill 'Recommitted'
By Joe Kent @ 9:19 PM :: 945 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... there ain’t no such thing as a free lunch ....

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Sunday, July 24, 2022
How to take politics out of housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:39 PM :: 912 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... The most recent example of this comes from Maui, where just this week the County Council killed a housing project that would have created 28 affordable units in Kihei ....

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Saturday, July 23, 2022
Hawaii: Pain in Paradise
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 1436 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... There is no clearer example of left-wing policies turning paradise into a nightmare ....

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Friday, July 22, 2022
Affordable Housing: $2940 for 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 5:22 AM :: 1172 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... The maximum monthly rent for this household is $2,940 for a two-bedroom unit, according to DPP calculations, up from last year’s maximum rent of $2,720 ....

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Tuesday, July 19, 2022
Maui Council on verge of worsening housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:58 AM :: 925 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The assumption is that they would simply have to take that additional loss ....

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Saturday, July 16, 2022
Maui’s sky-high home prices a ‘self-inflicted wound’
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 1687 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Maui Council Bill 107 could cause homebuilders to stop building affordable homes ....

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Wednesday, July 6, 2022
Rate Hike: HECO to burn $190M 'Hardening Grid' for Global Warming
By News Release @ 3:17 PM :: 946 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

" ... Hawaiian Electric is seeking approval to recover the cost of the project from customers ...."

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Saturday, July 2, 2022
Hawaii housing starts jump 28.2%
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 843 Views :: Development, Economy, Cost of Living

... Hawaii rate of increase second only to Massachusetts ....

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Wednesday, June 29, 2022
Hawaii: Worst Place for Bitcoin Mining
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 1075 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $54,862 to mine one bitcoin in Hawaii ....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022
Hawaii Least Affordable State in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:28 AM :: 1057 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... With inflation rates soaring and the cost of living spiraling, more and more people are moving away ....

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Sunday, June 26, 2022
Pearl City -- Highest Credit Card Debt in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 AM :: 1297 Views :: Honolulu County, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... total outstanding credit card debt stood at $222.6 million in the first quarter of 2022, or an average of $15,709 per household ....

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Friday, June 24, 2022
Hawaii Household Bills Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:27 PM :: 1027 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The typical Hawaii household spends an average of $2,911 per month--42% of income--on bills ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
How to make housing affordable in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:18 PM :: 1568 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... no-holds-barred ....

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Tuesday, June 21, 2022
Why Panos Prevedouros Left Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:47 AM :: 2267 Views :: Higher Education, Rail, Cost of Living

... The former chairman of the University of Hawaii’s civil engineering department says aloha ....

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Sunday, June 19, 2022
We’ve Got Bills – Lots of Them
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 791 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... how Hawaii compares on the ten most common household bills ....

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