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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 3699 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 :: 3796 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 :: 3247 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 :: 4958 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 :: 3090 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 :: 3131 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 :: 4630 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 :: 4151 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 :: 3301 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 :: 3628 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 :: 2373 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 :: 57190 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 :: 3253 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 :: 3134 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 :: 4242 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 :: 2510 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 :: 3420 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 :: 3098 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 :: 2697 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 :: 3041 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 :: 3746 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 :: 4728 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 :: 3059 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 :: 6303 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 :: 3524 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 :: 5872 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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Monday, April 01, 2013
Hawaii: Worst State to Make a Living
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 4509 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
...the highest cost of living of any state, and a relatively high state tax burden....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NFIB to Lobby Against Minimum Wage Hike Today
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 4300 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Hawaii small-business owners will gather in Room 329 in the State Capitol, today, March 27, at 4 p.m. at about the same time the House Finance Committee takes up HB 331....
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Biofuel: Hawaiian Electric Agrees to Drop Rate Hike
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 3471 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...As part of the settlement, Hawaiian Electric Company agreed to write off $40 million in costs for two major projects: the 110-megawatt biofuel generating station at Campbell Industrial Park and the companies’ new customer information system.... 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Out of Reach: Hawaii Most Expensive Housing in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 3561 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,671.... 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How Hawaii Minimum Wage Workers Earn $24.24 per hour
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 5491 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

The average wage when adding in tips for the front of the house is $24.24 per hour....

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Wednesday, March 06, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 3773 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Tuesday, March 05, 2013
Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:29 PM :: 3041 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

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Monday, March 04, 2013
How Liberals Live
By NCPA @ 1:20 PM :: 4135 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Cost of Living

The Democratic Party has two reliable groups of adherents: the rich and the poor...Both groups have little use for the middle class....

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Sunday, March 03, 2013
Keep The Promise for Better Wages as Goal
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:42 AM :: 3807 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

If the minimum wage does rise, where do our elected officials think businesses will get the money to pay the higher wages?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 6171 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 4495 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just a Vicious Circle, Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Prices
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 4471 Views :: Economy, Labor, Cost of Living

...look at the issue from an economic and financial well-being stand point instead of the emotional and social welfare perspective....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Hawaii Foreclosure Relief: 1,468 Homeowners Get $158M Wiped off Books
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 PM :: 3330 Views :: Cost of Living

The reduction in foreclosure sales helps sustain Hawaii sky high real estate prices, thus benefitting the large landowners' development schemes....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
SB120: $3.5B Rate Hike and No Natural Gas for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 9:44 PM :: 5140 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Ratepayers could be on the hook for as much as $3.5B of HECO's so-called "stranded costs" if SB120 becomes law....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
AARP Opposes Chained CPI as Threat to Veterans Benefits
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 4243 Views :: National News, Military, Cost of Living

AARP joins more than a dozen veterans’ groups in opposing adoption of the chained CPI, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans....

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Saturday, February 02, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 3735 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HECO to Pay H-Power 21 Cents Per KWH
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 5542 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Comparison: Highest RETAIL electric rate on Mainland -- Connecticut at 19.5 cents per kwh

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Survey: Honolulu 3rd Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 4178 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

Even in Honolulu, housing affordability has deteriorated markedly, with the Median Multiple rising 0.6 points in just the last year. Honolulu was less affordable than all but Hong Kong and Vancouver...

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 4147 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2013
New for 2013: Affordable Housing Costs More
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 4009 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

The information is key because it is used by developers to set affordable homes sales prices and rents....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
No Hawaii Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 8047 Views :: National News, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our coalition has over 2,300 individual members, over 8,000 Facebook fans and more than 320 business members....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Hawaii's Future: California Solar Power Adds $1.3B to Non-Users' Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 PM :: 3958 Views :: Energy, National News, Cost of Living

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's biggest utility, will pass on about $700 million in annual costs to people without solar systems ....

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Friday, August 03, 2012
AKP Demands $1/month from Oahu, Big Isle Ratepayers
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 7429 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

...the estimated incremental cost spread among Hawaii Island and Oahu customers based on fuel price projections could be about 2/10th of one cent or from $0.84 to $1.00 per month for a residential bill of 500 to 600 kilowatt-hours....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Abercrombie to Tesoro: Drop Dead
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 8133 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the Administration is doing what it can to promote closure—or discourage a buyer who does not meet the proper political criterion. Politically incorrect buyers can expect nothing but obstruction from the State....

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