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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2017 Survey: Home Health Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 2573 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...the annual median cost of long term care services in Hawaii increased an average of 5.51 percent from 2016 to 2017....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
HECO Biofuel Contract—$7.69 per gallon
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 4537 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Last year biodiesel represented 2 percent of HECO’s oil and diesel consumption. (Translation: Its an expensive fig leaf for diesel plants.)....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
$150M Rate Hike Plan--BWS Accepting Comments
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 2557 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...The last rate hike was two years ago--the next increase could happen in 2019....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Honolulu--4th Highest Veteran Homelessness in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 3675 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Military, Cost of Living

...veterans in many cities continue to suffer from long delays in mental-health treatment despite a $10 billion effort to expand veterans’ access to such care....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Hawaii--The Worst State for Middle-Class Income Earners
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 3097 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Because of the high real estate prices, Hawaii also had the second-lowest percentage of homeowners....

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Friday, November 03, 2017
GOP Tax Plan Will End Federal Subsidy for Unaffordable Housing and High Tax Localities
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:10 AM :: 4851 Views :: National News, Republican Party, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...repeals the state and local tax deduction for income and sales taxes and caps the SALT deduction for property taxes at $10,000. The home mortgage interest is grandfathered in and preserved for new homes up to $500,000....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
16 Years of Litigation: Sierra Club Directly Responsible for Lack of Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 5188 Views :: Development, Greenmail, Cost of Living

...Castle & Cooke Hawaii ready to break ground at Koa Ridge....

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Obamacare: Ins Div Approves Yet Another Round of Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 2827 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...These rates are expected to affect approximately 34,000 individuals currently purchasing ACA individual plans....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Best Small Cities: Waipahu Worse Than Gary, Indiana?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 2526 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...one of the best perks of living in a city with a relatively smaller population? Affordability (but not in Hawaii)....

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Saturday, October 07, 2017
Hawaii: Median Family Spends 6.8 years income to buy median home
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 3880 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is the most unaffordable housing market in USA....

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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Cost of Living: Honolulu adjusted salaries lowest in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:39 PM :: 4236 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu’s adjusted salaries are the lowest in the country, more than $7,000 below the next lowest, Tucson, AZ....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Report: Hawaii Health Insurance Jumps by Avg of $341
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 3418 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Only five states had statistically significant increases in single coverage premiums 2015 to 2016 -- Hawaii is 5th ....

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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Hawaii Braces for High Costs of Renewable Energy Mandates
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 PM :: 3998 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...HECO has acknowledged rates could rise by more than 44 percent when PSIP is fully implemented....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
HEI to Burn $205M Helping Tax Credit Scammers Make More Money on Alt Energy
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 3050 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk made lots of campaign contributions.  He expects to be repaid....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 4349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...If you retire with $1 million in Hawaii, you have just shy of a dozen years to ride out your savings....

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Honolulu: $100 worth only $80.32
By Tax Foundation @ 3:29 PM :: 3007 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu is the most expensive city in the USA, but in rural Hawaii $100 is worth $99.90 ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Honolulu Rents Jump Another 6.7%
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 3570 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu, HI, hit #3 in July with an increase of 8%, and returns to the list at #4 in August for another 6.7% increase. For August, that means median one-bedroom rent is $1,766 — the tenth highest in the country....

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 3375 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Friday, August 04, 2017
Hawaii Value of $100? -- $84.18
By Tax Foundation @ 12:23 PM :: 3744 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the same amount of cash can buy you more in a low-price state than in a high-price state....

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Thursday, August 03, 2017
Break the Government Monopoly on Flood Insurance
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:56 AM :: 3318 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Cost of Living

...Since the 21st Century Flood Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2874) passed out of committee in June, it has been subject to intense industry lobbying....

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Honolulu Among 10 Worst Markets for House Flippers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 3257 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...“Flip or Flop”....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
HECO Public Meetings to Discuss Plan for Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 3151 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Hawaiian Electric Company will host a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, at McKinley High School....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Oahu Military to Get 20% for Cost of Living
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 3254 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

...U.S. Pacific Command announced changes to the 2017 Hawaii Cost of Living Allowance effective Sept. 1, 2017....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
2017’s Best & Worst Places for First-Time Home Buyers--Honolulu Ranks 268th
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 2767 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...23 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Energy Costs--Low Usage vs High Rates
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 3371 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks 37th in monthly energy cost....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Economic freedom needed to increase affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 3679 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Cost of Living

Dr. Keli’i Akina gave the following speech on June 30th, 2017, at the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit, hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 5728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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Friday, June 09, 2017
Hawaii: To Afford 2BR Must Earn $73K
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 1954 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Wednesday, June 07, 2017
Hawaii: Most Expensive State to Put Your Kid Through College
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 2510 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

At $10,670, the average in-state tuition and fees are by no means the highest in the nation. However, the cost of necessities is higher here than in any other state....

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Monday, June 05, 2017
Ige: Trump Can’t Stop Me From Jacking up your Electric Bill to Line Pockets of Green Energy Scammers
By News Release @ 11:40 PM :: 4173 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...More sweetheart contracts to buy overpriced electricity from campaign contributors....

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Friday, June 02, 2017
Hawaii: Lowest Pay in the USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 3517 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has he lowest Median Annual Income (adjusted for cost of living) of all 50 states....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Trying to Save Money? Honolulu Among Worst Places to do it
By News Release @ 4:18 AM :: 3427 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Where you live can have a big impact on your wallet....

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Monday, May 22, 2017
DBEDT: Hawaii Consumers Highest Mortgage Debt in USA
By News Release @ 3:43 PM :: 3240 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
...Hawaii’s home ownership increased 10 percentage points from 46.9 percent in 1970 to 56.9 percent in 2015 while the U.S. home ownership increased less than one percentage point from 62.9 percent to 63.8 percent during the same time period....
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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Grassroot Institute video goes viral
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:29 AM :: 2999 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii reached almost half a million people in just six days with a video about how locals are fleeing Hawaii’s high taxes and cost of living....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Hawaii Expats: There's No Place Like Home
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:57 PM :: 4712 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

We're the Hawaii expats....

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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Cost of Living? $75,698 in Honolulu
By Selected News Articles @ 11:59 PM :: 3651 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...a breakdown of the most and least expensive states to call home....

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Thursday, April 27, 2017
Are local families fleeing Hawaii taxes?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:37 PM :: 3493 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the phenomenon of locals leaving Hawaii to live on the mainland has been increasing significantly in recent years....

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Family Prosperity Index: Hawaii Ranks 41st
By News Release @ 12:44 AM :: 3883 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In 2015, Hawaii had the highest SNAP spending at $222.99, while New Hampshire had the lowest at $103.87—a difference of 115 percent....

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Friday, April 07, 2017
Ige Energy Code: Increase Home Construction Costs by $4700 per unit
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 3277 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Gov. Ige’s signing of the new IECC will pave the way for the eventual adoption of the code by Hawai‘i’s counties, requiring that all new commercial and residential construction meet the code....

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Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Green Energy Schemers: Hawaii success story because of the high price of electricity, state tax credits
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 4163 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

Honolulu ranks first for installed solar capacity per capita in the United States....

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Monday, April 03, 2017
Survey: Hawaii Stressed over Money, not Family
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 3827 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Hawaii Ranks #1 for Fewest Hours of Sleep per Night ....

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Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Hawaii 2nd-Toughest State for First Time Homebuyers
By Selected News Articles @ 5:38 PM :: 2972 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only 20.2 percent of younger households own their homes, the lowest among the states....

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Saturday, February 25, 2017
62% Hike in Minimum Wage Hike Will Hit Consumers, Small Business Hard
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:58 AM :: 3709 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

SB107 would raise the minimum wage 62% from $9.25 / hour ....

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Friday, February 24, 2017
Honolulu Most Unaffordable State Capital
By Selected News Articles @ 4:12 AM :: 2762 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...42 key indicators of affordability, economic strength, quality of education and health, and overall living standards....

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Saturday, February 18, 2017
Hawaii Military Commissaries Offer 32.6% Savings—Highest in USA
By News Release @ 4:35 AM :: 4715 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Military, Cost of Living

Because the savings rate is calculated from local price comparisons, it will vary by region due to differences in the cost of living, even when commissary prices remain uniform and constant....

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Monday, February 13, 2017
HSTA Rallies for $500M Tax Hike on Renters—House Approves on 2nd Read
By News Release @ 11:03 PM :: 4623 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...UHERO: ‘Discriminatory’ HSTA Property Tax Plan hits Renters Hardest....

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Wednesday, February 08, 2017
Cost of Living: Only Manhattan is More Expensive than Honolulu
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 3189 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...six components: housing, utilities, grocery items, transportation, health care, and miscellaneous goods and services....

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Wednesday, February 01, 2017
HECO Solar Deal: Wholesale Rate Finally Equals Average Mainland Retail Rate
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 3505 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
For the first time ever, green energy schemers in Hawaii are getting a wholesale rate equal to the average mainland retail rate—10.42 cents per kWh....
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Friday, January 27, 2017
Honolulu 7th Most Expensive Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:36 AM :: 3148 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...unaffordable housing is almost everywhere and every time caused by the same factor: housing supply restrictions....

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Thursday, January 26, 2017
SB702 Would Punish Short-Term Rentals Like Sexual Assaults
By Selected News Articles @ 10:01 AM :: 3735 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, Cost of Living

Hawaii lawmakers want to make unlicensed short-term rentals a class C felony....

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