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Friday, October 07, 2016
‘Incredible’ 35% HMSA Hawaii Obamacare Rate Hike for 2017
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3728 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Kaiser rates are going up 25.9% ....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
More Regulation Won’t Make Housing Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 9:31 PM :: 3140 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

“local barriers to housing development have intensified....”

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Friday, September 30, 2016
US Census Report on Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 9:00 PM :: 2023 Views :: Cost of Living

Value-to-income ratios above 3 suggest real or artificial limits on the ability of homebuilders to meet the demand for new housing....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Rand Paul: Give Caldwell a Cash Bonus so he Won’t Waste Affordable Housing Money
By Selected News Articles @ 3:43 PM :: 2782 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the city of Honolulu dumping nearly $10 million of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) money into buying apartments over property value to remain eligible for the funds....

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Friday, September 30, 2016
Maui County in Top 10 Least Affordable
By Selected News Articles @ 12:38 PM :: 3602 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

24 Percent of U.S. County Housing Markets Less Affordable Than Their Historic Norms in Q3 2016....

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Monday, September 26, 2016
Hawaii #1 State for long-term delinquent mortgage squatting
By Selected News Articles @ 11:25 PM :: 2885 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
Hawaii tops the list of the states with the highest percentage of borrowers who refuse to pay their mortgages for three years or more….
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Monday, September 26, 2016
Affordable Housing Funds Wasted; There's a Better Way Forward
By Rep Charles Djou @ 10:45 PM :: 2845 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...the City failed to spend $26 million in the affordable housing fund and such failure may require the City to give back these funds to the Federal government....

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Thursday, September 22, 2016
Djou, Savio: City Still Failing on Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 11:02 PM :: 3880 Views :: Development, Rail, Cost of Living

"Last week we learned that the City failed to spend tens of millions of dollars in the affordable housing fund and we may now lose this money."

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
PUC Approves ‘Time of Use’ Electric Rates
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 3128 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

TOU rates are higher during the evening when the overall electricity demand is greatest....

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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
HELCO Proposes $19.3M Rate Hike, Blames Trees
By News Release @ 4:59 PM :: 4118 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

If approved, a typical residential bill for 500 kilowatt hours on Hawaiʽi Island would increase by $9.31 a month to $171.16....

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Wednesday, September 14, 2016
High Cost of Living Pushes Hawaii Poverty Rate to 9th in USA
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 2975 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...229,000 people are living below the poverty line in Hawaii.  This is 16.8% of the population....

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Saturday, September 10, 2016
Rent control would worsen affordable housing shortage
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:27 PM :: 2206 Views :: Cost of Living

When New York City implemented tough rent control policies during the 1970s and early 1980s, over 300,000 apartments were abandoned over an 11-year period....

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Thursday, September 08, 2016
Hawaii #1 Again--Average Home Price $904K
By News Release @ 5:47 PM :: 2548 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The 2016 Coldwell Banker Home Listing Report ....

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Thursday, August 25, 2016
Airbnb Probably Isn’t Driving Rents Up Much, At Least Not Yet
By Selected News Articles @ 3:06 AM :: 3150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

In Honolulu, Air BnB lists 295 commercial BnB units ....

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Saturday, August 20, 2016
Maili Most Stressed Place in Hawaii, Mountain View Least
By Selected News Articles @ 5:05 PM :: 3589 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

Percentage of population with a long commute, Hours worked, Percentage of income spent on rent....

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Thursday, August 11, 2016
Honolulu Most Expensive in USA--$100 worth only $80
By Tax Foundation @ 6:52 PM :: 3050 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

But in rural Hawaii $100 is worth $101.70....

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Hawaii Section 8 Waiting List Opening for First Time in Decade
By News Release @ 10:43 PM :: 3213 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

There is currently no one on the waiting list, which will reopen on Tuesday, Aug. 16, 2016....

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Thursday, August 04, 2016
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $85.62
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 3401 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...your purchasing power is among the worst in the country....

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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
Honolulu Tops Cities Where Coffee Costs the Most
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 2320 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The most expensive nationwide is Honolulu, where coffee costs an average of $7.56....

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Saturday, July 16, 2016
Feds: Honolulu Highest Consumer Prices in USA
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 2407 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Prices in urban Honolulu are 23.5% higher than average....

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Report: $10K ‘Affordability Gap’ for Hawaii College Students
By News Release @ 3:10 PM :: 2471 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

Between low wages and high net prices, no state can claim that the average four-year college is affordable for low-income students....

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Tuesday, June 28, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Over 40% of Consumer Spending for Kauai, Hawaii Co
By News Release @ 5:16 PM :: 3999 Views :: Hawaii County , Kauai County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...An average household in Hawaii County spent an average of $51,700 in 2014....

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Sunday, June 12, 2016
Why Do We Tax Shipping?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 4219 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...making the shipping more expensive and thereby directly adding to the cost of living....

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Friday, June 03, 2016
DBEDT: Housing, Transportation, and Food Cost $46,700/year
By News Release @ 4:11 PM :: 2417 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

A typical Maui household spent an average of $65,197 in 2014. About 72 percent of the total household spending went towards the three basic needs categories....

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Thursday, May 26, 2016
Hawaii Most Unaffordable Rentals of Any State
By News Release @ 2:55 AM :: 3091 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In Hawaii the two-bedroom housing wage is $34.22/hr ....

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Hawaii Seniors’ Income: Say 'aloha' to a good retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 6:30 PM :: 3960 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...ratios of pre-retirement income that seniors are replacing range from a high of 72.59% in Hawaii to a low of 48.22% in Massachusetts....

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Monday, May 23, 2016
Hawaii: Worst State to make a Living
By Selected News Articles @ 3:44 AM :: 4595 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...For the sixth year in a row Hawaii was named the worst state to make a living for its 68.6 percent higher cost of living than the national average....

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Friday, May 13, 2016
Dollar Worth only $0.86 in Hawaii, the most expensive state
By Selected News Articles @ 7:03 PM :: 2704 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...compared to the national average cost of goods and services....

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Monday, May 09, 2016
Getting Old? Hawaii 7th Best Place to be
By News Release @ 11:39 PM :: 2885 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Study Examining Senior Care Cost and Quality Reveals Best and Worst States to Age in....

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Saturday, April 30, 2016
House Democrats: Ballot Photos, Gun Restrictions and Sex Change Operations
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 3410 Views :: Family, Health Care, Cost of Living

House Democrats are here to cut off your ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Gobbles Up Hawaii Consumers Income
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 2539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Compared with 2004‐2005, Honolulu consumers spent more on housing in 2013‐2014, with the share of housing increasing from 31.7% to 43.2%....

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Hawaii Preschool Costs More Than College
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 3705 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Child care for a 4-year-old costs an average of $776 each month....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 3700 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Honolulu Average Monthly Rent Jumps 7.28%
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 2186 Views :: Cost of Living

...the average monthly rent for single-family homes in Honolulu was $2,691....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Appleseed: Hawaii’s Poor Need a Tax Cut
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 3778 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living
“The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.”
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Half of Hawai’i Residents Struggling “Paycheck to Paycheck”
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 2968 Views :: Tax Credits, Cost of Living

The poll results also show that Hawaiʻi residents are highly concerned about the state’s high cost of housing....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Hawaii 12th Most Expensive State to Own a Car
By Selected News Articles @ 9:42 PM :: 3388 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the three-year cost of car ownership in Hawaii is $12,065 ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hawaii Gasoline Prices #1 in USA—$0.24 Higher Than California
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 2961 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The nation’s least expensive markets for gas are Oklahoma ($1.42), Missouri ($1.46) and Kansas ($1.47)....

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Tuesday, February 02, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:10 PM :: 2942 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Friday, February 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm....

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Hawaii Residents Most Likely to be Living Paycheck to Paycheck
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

That breakdown results in a paltry $186 of leftover income, or less than 7 percent of each paycheck — the only state in single digits....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Jones Act, LNG at Center of Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 12:53 PM :: 3620 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

Cong Perluisi stated there “. . . . are eight constructive steps the federal government could take,” including the need to “update the Existing Jones Act LNG and LPG Exemption in Puerto Rico” ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DBEDT: Family of Four Requires $75K to live on Oahu
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 3554 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Statewide, about 18.5% of two-adult couples with no children and 45.5% of two-adult couples with two children had incomes below the self-sufficiency standard....

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Saturday, January 02, 2016
AAA Hawaii: Lower 2015 Gasoline Prices Save Drivers $400
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 2545 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Be sure to thank the frackers ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Bill to drop American Samoa flight fee reaches Senate
By Michael Hansen @ 1:13 PM :: 3489 Views :: National News, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would exclude intra-state air transportation within the U.S. Territory of American Samoa from federal aviation cabotage....

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Housing Cheaper to Rent than Buy -- only in Honolulu and Silicon Valley
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 4420 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Our rent vs. buy metric is especially tight for young prospective buyers....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii: 64% of your income for infant child care
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 3194 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, single parents with two children pay about 64% of their income for infant child care, nearly the same as married couple families at the poverty line with two children....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 3145 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative would deliver transformation better, faster and cheaper
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 3629 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

Big Island customers could save as much as $113 million on the existing HELCO rate base and up to $234 million including investments to modernize the grid over a four-year period....

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Tuesday, December 08, 2015
Gauging Home Affordability: The Challenge
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 2470 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

At a time of dwindling inventory and rising prices, housing affordability has once again become a hot topic in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, December 01, 2015
DBEDT: 47% of neighbor island homes sold to out-of-state residents
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 2536 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The “Residential Home Sales in Hawaii” report summarizes home sale activities in Hawaii recorded for the period from January 2008 to September 2015....

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