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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SB2693 Would Ban Soda, Juice, Latte Over 16oz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 3656 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...there’s no “latte loophole,” since any quantity of added sugar makes a drink fall under the ban. Indeed, the only way to get more than a pint of drink at a time is to add booze, as adult beverages are excluded ...

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Decoupling: How HECO's "Money Printing Machine" Causes High Electric Rates
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 5122 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... why should an ever-expanding list of business risks be transferred from the utility to its customers? ....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Appleseed: Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 3067 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...a proposed bill containing four components that will significantly improve the economic vitality of low and moderate income households....

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
DCCA Releases Insurance Comparisons for Homes, Vehicles
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 2368 Views :: Cost of Living

...the Insurance Division is now providing Hawaii’s 2014 homeowner and motor vehicle premiums comparison guides through its website....

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Friday, January 03, 2014
Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 4802 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...7,000 well-paid waiters are being played against 7,000 underpaid dishwashers....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Flood Insurance: Sharpening the Government's Blurry Maps
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 4019 Views :: National News, Land Use, Cost of Living

FEMA's maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Excessive Price: PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Scheme (again)
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 3931 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Because HELCO's renewable energy generation output is in excess of the statutory forty percent, HELCO must demonstrate that the project provides cost reduction benefits to ratepayers....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 3978 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

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

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Priced out of Paradise: What are Hawaii Leaders Doing?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:26 AM :: 3387 Views :: Cost of Living, GMOs

They are pushing to grow their industry that may increase availability of organic produce but at a cost that most folks can’t afford....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Electricity: Blue Planet Celebrates Year of Making Public Consume Less and Pay More
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 2909 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The Clinton Global Initiative recognized WEfficiency as a change-making commitment. And of course: Money shower!....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Why the Price of Crude in America Is Out of Whack with the Rest of the World
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 3111 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A barrel of Brent currently changes hands for $109; WTI fetches just $98; HECO pays $132....

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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 :: 3762 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 :: 3437 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 :: 3408 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 :: 3049 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 :: 6660 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 :: 3571 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 :: 3774 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 :: 3790 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 :: 4178 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 :: 3313 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 :: 4177 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 :: 2931 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 :: 3281 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 :: 4724 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 :: 3648 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 :: 3450 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 :: 3508 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 :: 3456 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 :: 3223 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 :: 4970 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 :: 4548 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 :: 3362 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 :: 4572 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 :: 3598 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 :: 4058 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 :: 4176 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 :: 3554 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 :: 5406 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 :: 3357 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 :: 3471 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 :: 4999 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 :: 4574 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 :: 3567 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 :: 3866 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 :: 2665 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 :: 57479 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 :: 3519 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 :: 3425 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 :: 4633 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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