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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 :: 3337 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 :: 4099 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Saturday, July 8, 2017
Economic freedom needed to increase affordable housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 4503 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 :: 6683 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 9, 2017
Hawaii: To Afford 2BR Must Earn $73K
By News Release @ 12:38 AM :: 2343 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 7, 2017
Hawaii: Most Expensive State to Put Your Kid Through College
By Selected News Articles @ 12:03 AM :: 3095 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 5, 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 :: 5176 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

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

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Friday, June 2, 2017
Hawaii: Lowest Pay in the USA
By Selected News Articles @ 11:10 PM :: 4287 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 :: 4204 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 :: 4046 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 :: 3483 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 :: 5677 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 :: 4205 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 :: 4254 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 :: 4622 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 7, 2017
Ige Energy Code: Increase Home Construction Costs by $4700 per unit
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 3866 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 4, 2017
Green Energy Schemers: Hawaii success story because of the high price of electricity, state tax credits
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 4991 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 3, 2017
Survey: Hawaii Stressed over Money, not Family
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 4529 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 :: 3513 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 :: 4554 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 :: 3259 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 :: 5442 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 :: 5498 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

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

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Cost of Living: Only Manhattan is More Expensive than Honolulu
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 3669 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 1, 2017
HECO Solar Deal: Wholesale Rate Finally Equals Average Mainland Retail Rate
By News Release @ 2:32 AM :: 4142 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 :: 3662 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 :: 4464 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 :: 5689 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 :: 3245 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 :: 4092 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 :: 4106 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 :: 3485 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 :: 4701 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 :: 3988 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, January 5, 2017
Dean Nishina Appointed Consumer Advocate
By News Release @ 6:42 PM :: 4368 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 4, 2017
Harbors wharfage rates to rise 34.5% in 2017
By Michael Hansen @ 1:18 AM :: 6147 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 :: 4200 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 :: 3983 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 :: 5262 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 1, 2016
Harbors Division Fee Hike designed to boost $77M OHA Slush Fund?
By Andrew Walden @ 11:48 PM :: 7781 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 :: 3155 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 :: 4296 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 6, 2016
Build up, build out, or accept Hawaii’s high cost of living
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:47 AM :: 4198 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...what isn’t working....

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Saturday, November 5, 2016
Djou: I will Build 10,000 Affordable Units on Oahu
By Rep Charles Djou @ 3:01 AM :: 4619 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 :: 4340 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 :: 4126 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 :: 3567 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 :: 4132 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 :: 3595 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 7, 2016
‘Incredible’ 35% HMSA Hawaii Obamacare Rate Hike for 2017
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 4415 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Kaiser rates are going up 25.9% ....

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