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Tuesday, August 27, 2019
Batteries: Hawaii Ratepayers Give the Most to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 9:58 PM :: 2453 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Elon Musk needs money.  That's why he is a billionaire and its why you are paying higher electric rates ....

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Thursday, August 22, 2019
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 AM :: 2440 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...If you retire with $1 million in Hawaii, you’ll have less than a dozen years to ride out your savings....

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Tuesday, August 20, 2019
For Hawaii, Cost of Dying is Like Cost of Living
By Selected News Articles @ 11:40 PM :: 2723 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Death in Hawaii is by far the priciest among all the states....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Hawaii: $100 Worth Only $84
By Tax Foundation @ 6:50 PM :: 2455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... $100 is effectively worth the least in Hawaii ($84.39) ....

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Wednesday, August 14, 2019
Hawaii 3rd-Lowest Percentage of Kids in PreSchool
By Selected News Articles @ 6:31 PM :: 2949 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Child Care Costs More than College Tuition....

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Saturday, July 27, 2019
Hawaii Consumers Deepest in Debt--Not Counting Mortgages
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 2258 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is No. 1 in the country when it comes to residents whose consumer debt, not including mortgages, outweighs their yearly salary....

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Sunday, July 21, 2019
Canada to ship containerized LNG to China instead of Hawaii
By Michael Hansen @ 4:16 AM :: 3265 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...The HECO LNG plans were abandoned after their proposed merger with NextEra Energy, Inc. was disapproved by the Hawaii State Public Utilities Commission....

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Saturday, July 13, 2019
Honolulu Among Worst Cities for First-Time Home Buyers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:57 AM :: 2325 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...WalletHub compared 300 cities of varying sizes across 27 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life....

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Saturday, July 13, 2019
Hawaii--3rd Lowest Student Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 4:43 AM :: 1912 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

...Student Debt as % of Income, Adjusted for Cost of Living  (3rd-lowest)....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
CNBC America's Top States for Business -- Hawaii 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 2592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...To rank CNBC's 2019 America's Top States for Business, we put all 50 states through a rigorous test and graded them based on more than 60 measures of competitiveness in 10 broad categories....

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Friday, July 12, 2019
Updating Old Jones Act Cost Estimates
By Michael Hansen @ 3:18 AM :: 2262 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...The Hawaii Shippers’ Council (HSC) recently reviewed its 1997 estimates of the cost of the Jones Act on Hawaii....

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Monday, July 8, 2019
Solar Variance Trick Makes Housing Even More Un-affordable in Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 11:04 PM :: 4053 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Development, Cost of Living

...a dirty legislative trick from 2008 has--eleven years later--effectively outlawed new installation of tankless on-demand gas water heaters....

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Friday, July 5, 2019
Harvard: High Housing Costs Caused by 'Regulatory Constraints on Development'
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 2430 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...“These constraints, largely imposed at the local level, raise costs and limit the number of homes that can be built in places where demand is highest.”....

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Friday, July 5, 2019
Energy: Hawaii has Highest Prices, Lowest Consumption
By Selected News Articles @ 2:14 AM :: 2771 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...despite the nation's lowest electricity consumption, chart-topping rates give Hawaii the 10th highest electric bills....

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Saturday, June 29, 2019
Housing and the Hendersons
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:38 AM :: 2747 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...It is universally acknowledged that Hawaii residents need more homes. So why is it so hard to build them?....

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Friday, June 28, 2019
VIDEO: Why People are Leaving Hawai'i
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:20 AM :: 3412 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii residents have been moving away from the islands in droves in recent years; in fiscal 2017, more than 13,000 people departed — the highest negative net migration ever....

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Saturday, June 22, 2019
Honolulu Workers Need $39.75 Per Hour To Rent A 2-BR
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 2183 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Out of Reach documents the significant gap between renters’ wages and the cost of rental housing....

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Saturday, June 22, 2019
The average Hawaii household forks over more than $10,000 a year for food
By News Release @ 4:06 AM :: 2111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu residents spend the 2nd-most for food, 3rd-most as a percentage of income....

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Saturday, June 15, 2019
Hawaii Mortgage Debt--2nd Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 AM :: 1688 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and Hawaii has the 4th-lowest home ownership rate in USA....

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Thursday, June 6, 2019
Final Report: Utility Ownership and Regulatory Models for Hawaii
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 2494 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Study concludes that ratepayers are being gouged to the greatest possible degree and no other system could gouge us more effectively without us noticing....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2019
Panos: Some Ways To Stop The Exodus To The Mainland
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 4:02 AM :: 3016 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living

...For decades now, the young ones have heard this message loud and clear....

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Hawaii US Dollar Worth Only 84 Cents
By Selected News Articles @ 8:40 PM :: 2408 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...in Hawaii the dollar has less buying power than in any other state....

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Friday, May 31, 2019
Why people are leaving ‘paradise’
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 PM :: 3396 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the population of urban Honolulu declined in 2018 for the second year in a row....

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Thursday, May 16, 2019
UH Regents Vote to Freeze Tuition
By News Release @ 11:41 PM :: 2702 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the proposed schedule also includes decreases in resident and non-resident graduate school tuition rates that will increase the university’s competitiveness in attracting graduate students....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Honolulu: Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 2721 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie with Juneau, AK as the cities with the lowest average starting salaries when adjusted for cost of living.... 

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Wednesday, May 8, 2019
Best States for New College Grads--Hawaii 49th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:16 AM :: 2853 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

"...Years needed to afford down payment: 25.68...."

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Friday, April 26, 2019
More studies show Jones Act harmful to Puerto Rico
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:54 AM :: 3011 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...the Jones Act equals a 7.2 percent tax on food and beverages, or about $367 million extra for island residents....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
City adopts new affordable housing rules
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 3482 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The rules took effect on March 31 and implement the affordable housing requirements in Ordinance 18-10 and other approvals issued by the city....

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Friday, April 12, 2019
Want higher wages? Try economic freedom
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:24 PM :: 3913 Views :: Economy, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawaii policymakers cannot mandate people into prosperity....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Hawaii Swamped by Carbon Dioxide Tax Bills
By Selected News Articles @ 6:23 PM :: 4122 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Multiple carbon-dioxide tax bills are under consideration in the current session of the Hawaii State Legislature....

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Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Relax Maui zoning to allow more urban dwellings
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:28 AM :: 4210 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

...For many Maui families, purchasing a home is a pipe dream. However, there may be an opportunity for them to realize that dream, if county residents would be open to reforming local housing regulations....

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
HEI Plans to Shut Down State's Cheapest Energy Producer to Make Way for More Tesla Batteries
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3317 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk is going to get even more of your money....

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Do You Think Like an Islander?
By Video @ 5:00 AM :: 2141 Views :: Cost of Living

...Is There A Way Of Living In Hawai'i Without All The Problems?....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Is Leasehold Housing Built on Government Land a Solution to Unaffordable Housing in Honolulu?
By UHERO @ 4:50 AM :: 3591 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...the State (in 1967) and the City and County of Honolulu (in 2004) passed legislation designed to dismantle leasehold housing on private lands....

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Hawaii County has Least Expensive Housing in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 3008 Views :: Hawaii County , Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Editor's Note: The Big Island is different because the subdivisions in Puna and Kau change the supply-demand equation. 

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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Trump Tax Cut Lowers Electric Bills--HECO Gave Back the Least
By Selected News Articles @ 4:18 PM :: 3131 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Utility bills have dropped ranging from less than a dollar a month for the average residential customer in Hawaii to about $14 for the same group in Florida....

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Thursday, March 28, 2019
First phase of grid modernization plan approved--Ratepayers Soaked to Funnel More Money to Silicon Valley Billionaires
By News Release @ 3:41 AM :: 2740 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“Would you accept a rate increase to modernize the grid? How much of an increase? What about a 5%, 10%, 15% increase to your current bill?”

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Monday, March 25, 2019
Hilo Has the Highest Food Prices in America
By Selected News Articles @ 10:40 PM :: 4990 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...As much as a third of the food waste in Hawaii is due to food that has gone bad before it reaches the consumer....

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Monday, March 25, 2019
​The hypocrisy of minimum-wage laws
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:45 PM :: 3157 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...it is never enough....

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Friday, March 22, 2019
​Hawaii PUC approves special rates for Al Gore's electric buses
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 3309 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... it is expected at least 130 electric buses will be added to fleets during the course of the pilot, including tour buses, school buses and public transit systems like TheBus on Oahu....

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Buying a House? Need Money? Honolulu can help
By News Release @ 5:36 AM :: 2535 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Interest-free home down payment loans now available....

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Sunday, March 10, 2019
GET increase will add to Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:34 PM :: 3073 Views :: Education K-12, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The Hawaii Legislature is considering a bill to add 0.5 percent to the 4 percent state general excise tax....

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Saturday, March 9, 2019
DPP: Shortage of New Affordable Housing Triples
By News Release @ 2:14 AM :: 3300 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The share of low-income households experiencing severe housing cost burden continues to increase....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
New report urges 'building out' to ease housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:49 PM :: 3112 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Grassroot Scholar Randal O'Toole faults artificial land scarcity for high Hawaii home prices....

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Friday, March 1, 2019
Honolulu Rents 12th Highest in USA
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 2805 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Zumper National Rent Report: March 2019....

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Thursday, February 28, 2019
Mortgage debt-to-income ratio crushing in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 AM :: 2586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...14 Hawaii communities compared -- Hilo is the most affordable, Kailua the least....

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019
Housing Instability and Crowding a Hardship for Hawaii Babies
By News Release @ 5:58 PM :: 3764 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks among top half of all states for babies, according to a first-of-its kind report. The State of Babies Yearbook: 2019....

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Sunday, February 24, 2019
Individual Development Accounts, Version 2.0
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1880 Views :: Cost of Living

...If an eligible person deposits money into the account, a sponsor such as a government agency matches the deposit....

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Friday, February 22, 2019
UH: Tuition Hikes Set for Next Year After Regents Reject Freeze
By News Release @ 7:33 PM :: 4462 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...The tuition schedule for the 2019–20 academic year at the University of Hawaiʻi’s 10 campuses will remain as previously approved ....

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Thursday, February 21, 2019
DOBOR Sets Hearings for Massive Fee Hikes
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2962 Views :: Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...People who use any of Hawai‘i’s small boat harbors, offshore moorings, landings or wharfs will have a chance to comment on new proposed fees and rules....

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