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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 :: 4158 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 :: 6108 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 :: 5586 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 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 4999 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 :: 6589 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 :: 5579 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 :: 5317 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 9, 2013
New for 2013: Affordable Housing Costs More
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 5245 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 :: 9461 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 :: 5216 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 3, 2012
AKP Demands $1/month from Oahu, Big Isle Ratepayers
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 9306 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 :: 9731 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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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Big Wind, Big Cable: To Stampede Legislature, HECO Trumpets High Rates
By Andrew Walden @ 6:31 PM :: 8351 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO is attempting to stampede the Legislature into forking out even more money for Big Wind and the big undersea cables that go with it.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
$170/barrel? PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Contract
By Henry Curtis @ 2:08 AM :: 9003 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...the commission finds and concludes that the contract price for the AKP-produced biofuel, which the HECO Companies chose to file and retain under confidential seal, is excessive....

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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Micronesians: “Its just better in Arkansas”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 25514 Views :: National News, World News, Health Care, Cost of Living

Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii can’t afford Micronesians.

All four members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation say Micronesians are “unsustainable.”

Arkansas disagrees.

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Friday, July 29, 2011
Djou: Honolulu Board of Water Supply is out of control
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:24 PM :: 9757 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Tomorrow, look for a new editorial in Pacific Business News on problems with fiscal responsibility in our government.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Puna CDP: Eliminate affordable housing
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 AM :: 4910 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Puna is one of the very few places in Hawai`i where young local families can afford to buy their own home and begin life as a family.  But environmentalists are working hard to put a stop to the inflow of locals and replicate the success they have had in making Maui and Kaua`i into exclusive havens for rich mainland transplants.

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