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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 3598 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our state’s lower-income families are faced with almost insurmountable structural challenges to escaping poverty....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Reimagining Housing in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 3341 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Appleseed released a report entitled Reimagining Housing in Hawaii, detailing successful affordable housing models like microunits, ohana housing, modular housing, among others....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 3278 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

This UHERO 101 intends to clarify some of the rate and policy aspects of PV in Hawai‘i, and explores the two opposite driving forces of PV adoption....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: Water Trading to Control Hawaii Aquifers?
By UHERO @ 4:03 PM :: 2945 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

While an untrammeled water market would fail to provide the optimal solution, regulators can facilitate efficient water trading by setting appropriate exchange rates....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 6528 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Hawaii: Foodstamp Allotment Jumps 3.4% for 190,000
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 AM :: 3477 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

While most states see cuts, Hawaii's 190,000 food stamp recipients will see an INCREASE from $319 to $330 per month....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 3626 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Sunday, November 10, 2013
KIUC Gets Solar 37% Cheaper than HECO
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 3671 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The net cost of electricity that will be generated by the array will be at 10 cents and 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour....

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Friday, November 08, 2013
U.S. Sugar Policy Sends Candy Makers Abroad
By NCPA @ 10:06 AM :: 4027 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

U.S. candy makers are expanding production in other countries as federal price supports and a global glut of the sweet stuff give an ever-greater advantage to foreign rivals....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Res 13-216: Stop Unfair Water Billing
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:23 PM :: 3210 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Board of Water Supply’s (BWS) unfair billing practices  forced thousands of O‘ahu residents to subsidize the errors caused by BWS' own faulty billing system....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 4071 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The amount of money necessary to buy a 1,000 square-foot apartment in Dallas would only buy a 460 square-foot apartment in Honolulu....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Realtors Assn: Honolulu 3rd Most Expensive Real Estate
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2836 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

San Jose, $805,000; San Francisco, $705,000; Honolulu, $679,800; Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif., $670,700; and San Diego, $485,000 ....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Survey: Kailua 20th Most Unaffordable Real Estate in USA
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 3167 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Exhaustive Survey of Nearly 2,000 Markets and 52,000 Listings Shows More Than $2 Million Difference in Price Between Malibu and Cleveland....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Water bill problems affected 130,000
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:43 PM :: 4545 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living
...of the nearly 130,000 customers who received an estimated bill, 79 percent received an underestimated bill ....
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Retiree Hit With $7000 'Recalculated' Water Bill
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:47 AM :: 3544 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

His monthly bill is normally around $200....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3332 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Monday, October 14, 2013
Ratepayers Soaked to Enrich Landowners as PUC Approves 10M Gallon HECO Biofuel Contract
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 3388 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HBE is a consortium of three of Hawaii's largest landowners and three venture capital companies....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Pine: "Eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy"
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:47 PM :: 3332 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

On Wednesday, I introduced a Charter Amendment to eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy....

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Consumer LifeSmarts: DCCA Launches 10th Annual Statewide Student Competition
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 3107 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

...a FREE consumer education competition open to teens in grades 6-12....

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Comparing Economies: Hawaii and Greece -- The Writing on the Wall
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:13 PM :: 4777 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living
Recently UHERO presented a detailed inforgraphic of jobs in Hawaii. The inforgraphic answers questions like: What type of jobs, how many and how much do they make?
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Monday, September 23, 2013
VIDEO: Angered by Electric Bill, Hilo Man Chains Himself to HELCO Front Door
By Video @ 7:41 PM :: 4426 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
'Helco Prisoner’ says his electric bills were $1000 to $1600 per month.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii's Energy Future
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 3245 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

UHERO's ongoing research is looking at ways to cost-effectively achieve GHG reduction and meet the state's clean energy goals....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Obamacare Plans: Four Things the Health Connector Isn’t Telling You
By Andrew Walden @ 10:07 PM :: 4477 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living
  1. Deductibles
  2. Family rates
  3. Smokers' rates
  4. What's not covered
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 3441 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 3933 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4038 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Rate Hike Coming? New Prelim Flood Insurance Maps Released
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 3430 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...FEMA has completed revisions to the City’s Digital Flood Insurance Rate Maps that will affect 12 map areas on Oahu....

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Monday, September 02, 2013
Abercrombie’s Refusal to Help Veterans Secure Home Loans Makes National News
By News Release @ 1:03 AM :: 5212 Views :: Hawaii County , Military, Cost of Living

A story invoking Governor Abercrombie’s war-protester past, has surfaced on Breitbart.com....

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Saturday, August 31, 2013
HECO: Biodiesel Price Must be Competitive With Diesel
By News Release @ 4:42 AM :: 3257 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The Hawaiian Electric Companies today began a search for suppliers of cleaner fuels, including ultra-low sulfur diesel....

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Thursday, August 29, 2013
Board of Water Supply Charter Amendment on Council Agenda
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 7:21 PM :: 3332 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Resolution 13-177 initiates a proposed Charter Amendment....

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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
LendingTree: Hawaii Borrowers 3rd Best Credit Profile
By News Release @ 10:14 PM :: 4855 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Washington, D.C., New Jersey, Hawaii, Massachusetts and California lead the nation with the healthiest prospective borrowers, all with scores above 90....

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Sunday, August 11, 2013
Producers Already Enjoy Reduced Rate
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 4423 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...it is not the cost of the tax that adds to the price of locally grown products as much as it is the external factors such as the cost of land, labor, and regulatory compliance....

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Monday, August 05, 2013
Hawaii Highest Closing Costs in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 3476 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

Your final charges probably will be higher than shown here because the most highly variable costs are not included: title insurance, title search, taxes, other government fees and escrow fees....

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013
CNBC: Hawaii Highest Cost of Living in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 6:01 PM :: 3777 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Businesses don't just look at their own costs when deciding where to set up shop. They also look at the costs for their employees....

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013
U.S. Oil Boom Stabilizes Global Prices
By NCPA @ 6:27 PM :: 2536 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

a thick new blanket of North American oil cushioning the markets....

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Friday, July 05, 2013
An Insight on the Cost of Paradise
By UHERO @ 1:57 PM :: 57376 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
While the US average for April 2013 hovered at 12 cents/kwh, Hawai‘i paid 37 cents/kwh for electricity....
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
UHERO: Is Hawaii Losing Its Middle Class?
By UHERO @ 4:04 AM :: 3413 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

rising food and housing costs, a challenged public school system and few professional opportunities in a tourist-driven economy....

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Tuesday, July 02, 2013
Auto Insurance: Hawaii Teens Cheapest in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 3:47 PM :: 3314 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

five states, on average, showed the smallest percentage premium increase by adding a teen driver to an existing auto policy: Hawaii — 18%, North Carolina — 59%....

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Friday, June 28, 2013
Truth in Accounting: Hawaii worst place in country to do business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 4:34 PM :: 4499 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
Hawaii has the worst business ranking of all 50 states, according to an analysis by the Chicago-based watchdog group Truth in Accounting....
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Friday, June 28, 2013
Can the Median Household afford the Median Home on Oahu?
By UHERO @ 3:47 AM :: 2651 Views :: Cost of Living
Do families have enough for the down payment, and will the median household income qualify for a loan? How will a monthly mortgage payment compare to the rent you are currently paying?
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hawaii: An Energy and Economic Analysis
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 3597 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Electricity demand in Hawaii is among the lowest in the country....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rep McDermott: Dep't of Health Obstructing VA Loans
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 3256 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

the policy statement on the DOH Website is causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
HECO Plans to Give Away Millions to Wind Scammers, Lock in Ultra-High Rates
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 2843 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Combined, the projects have committed to sell electricity to Hawaiian Electric at an average price of 15.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is ... the current cost of generating electricity from oil....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Honolulu Tops USA: 9 years Income to Buy a Home
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 PM :: 3226 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 3940 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Wednesday, June 05, 2013
Seniors in Poverty: Hawaii Ranks #3 in Nation
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 4868 Views :: Cost of Living

At least half of seniors have incomes below 200 percent of poverty in 10 states and DC based on the supplemental measure: DC (59%); California (56%); Hawaii (55%)....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Chinatown Tenants: FACE does not Represent Us
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 3237 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

FACE continued claiming to represent residents through its support group OH-NO as late as the October 2012 Budget Cmte meeting, four months after the state administratively dissolved OH-NO....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Quarter Pounder Index: Honolulu 10th Most Expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 6631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SB987: $19K ‘Impact Fee’ for Water Meter
By Video @ 1:53 PM :: 3734 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Requires the assessment of impact fees prior to issuance of a water meter ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 6271 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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