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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 :: 4736 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 :: 3252 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 :: 3574 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 :: 3202 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 :: 3819 Views :: Law Enforcement, Tourism, Cost of Living

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

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Hawaii Non-Governmental Workers Receive Lowest Pay in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:59 PM :: 4762 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...non-government workers in Hawaii make, on average, $43,544 in annual pay and benefits (adjusted for cost of living) which ranks as the lowest compensation in in the nation....

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Monday, January 23, 2017
Affordable Retirement? Not in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:56 PM :: 2860 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

If retirement is still a big question mark for you because of finances, consider relocating to a state that lets you keep more money in your pocket....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
On Life Support? HECO Wants to Give You $20
By News Release @ 10:35 PM :: 3490 Views :: Energy, Health Care, Cost of Living

Up to 2,000 customers dependent on life support equipment or increased heating and cooling needs due to a medical condition verified by a physician....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Best State to Raise a Family? Hawaii Ranks 33rd
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 3465 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Raising a healthy, stable family sometimes requires moving to a new state....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Hawaii residents most likely to live paycheck to paycheck
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3111 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Total leftover income after cost of living expenses: -$367.09  Hawaii is the only state where the median earner is in the hole....

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Monday, January 16, 2017
Full Text: New report concludes Airbnb has ‘no material impact’ on Hawaii housing inventory
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 3978 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

Listings booked more than half the year on AirBnB make up only 0.18% of Hawaii housing stock....

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Thursday, January 12, 2017
Hawaii Better to Rent Than Buy
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3542 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Home Ownership More Costly Than Renting on Oahu, Maui, Big Island ....

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Thursday, January 05, 2017
Dean Nishina Appointed Consumer Advocate
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 3720 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

Nishina previously served in the role from December 2009 to January 2011....

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Wednesday, January 04, 2017
Harbors wharfage rates to rise 34.5% in 2017
By Michael Hansen @ 1:18 AM :: 5042 Views :: Jones Act, OHA, Small Business, Cost of Living

The first two wharfage increases of 17% and 15% on February 1st and October 1st respectively will result in a 34.5% increase in 2017 on a compound basis....

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Friday, December 30, 2016
Minimum Wage $9.25 Effective January 1, 2017
By News Release @ 10:30 PM :: 3523 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The next scheduled raise is Jan. 1, 2018 when it will increase to $10.10....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
HECO Demands 7% Rate Hike–Blames Green Energy Schemers
By News Release @ 9:25 PM :: 3430 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Company cites spending $900M in grid upgrades for reliability, renewable energy....

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Friday, December 16, 2016
Interest in building ohana units rising on Maui
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:32 AM :: 4511 Views :: Maui County, Land Use, Cost of Living

Instead of spending money on enforcement, it would be better to use resources to expedite the permitting process....

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Thursday, December 01, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 6878 Views :: Economy, OHA, Taxes, Cost of Living

...OHA milked $12,684,000 from Harbors Division in 2015....

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Saturday, November 19, 2016
UHERO: Desperately Seeking Housing in Honolulu
By UHERO @ 11:29 PM :: 2720 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...presentation for the Building Industry Association of Hawaii's 2016 summit, "Still Houseless in Honolulu."....

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Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Is the Hawaii Wharfage increase justified?
By Michael Hansen @ 9:18 PM :: 3640 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...asking Harbors to release the financial information that would justify the need for a wharfage rate increase....

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Sunday, November 06, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 3686 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Saturday, November 05, 2016
Djou: I will Build 10,000 Affordable Units on Oahu
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:01 AM :: 3851 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... 10,000 ‘rent-to-equity,’ truly affordable homes ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
55% Hike in Harbor Fees: Transportation Department Grabs for More of Your Money
By News Release @ 5:03 PM :: 3682 Views :: Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

...The first public hearing on the proposal will be Nov. 7 at noon at the Pier 11 terminal at Honolulu Harbor....

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Sunday, October 30, 2016
Lower Oil Prices Benefit Hawaii Most of All
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 3561 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Expenditures on gasoline and other energy goods declined 27.4 percent in Hawaii....

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Saturday, October 22, 2016
HECO Touts Wholesale Solar Rates Higher than Mainland Retail Rates
By News Release @ 4:34 AM :: 3067 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Only 8 states have RETAIL rates higher than the 0.145 per kwh WHOLESALE rate HECO is touting here as if it were a good price for erratic electricity....

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Thursday, October 20, 2016
Time-of-Use Rates Punish Evening Consumers with 55% Rate Hike on Oahu
By News Release @ 3:32 AM :: 3544 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Here's how the rates will compare with current residential rates....

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Thursday, October 13, 2016
Djou: My Plan To Create More Affordable Housing
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:51 PM :: 3013 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

I've met so many young people on the campaign trail, who graduated from college, work hard, and are still unable to buy their first home....

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Friday, October 07, 2016
‘Incredible’ 35% HMSA Hawaii Obamacare Rate Hike for 2017
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 3958 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 :: 3383 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 :: 2197 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 :: 3075 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 :: 3804 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 :: 3145 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 :: 3146 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 :: 4331 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 :: 3433 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 :: 4515 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 :: 3171 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 :: 2371 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 :: 2744 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 :: 3501 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 :: 3924 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 :: 3268 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 :: 3590 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 :: 3681 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 :: 2564 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 :: 2607 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 :: 2796 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 :: 4329 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 :: 4686 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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