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Monday, January 18, 2016
Hawaii Residents Most Likely to be Living Paycheck to Paycheck
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 3655 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 :: 3691 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 :: 3608 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 :: 2595 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 :: 3568 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 :: 4498 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 :: 3267 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 :: 3214 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 :: 3709 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 :: 2519 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 :: 2575 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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Friday, November 13, 2015
‘Time of Use’ Rates to top out at $0.479 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3098 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential time-of-use rates would be most beneficial for customers who are able to use more electricity during the middle of the day until 4 p.m....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
HECO: 'Time of Use' Rate Hike Coming
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 2949 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A rate that is higher -- above the existing energy charge rate -- from 4 p.m. to midnight (on-peak hours)....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Hawaii Most Expensive State to Raise a Family
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 3366 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Raising a family in the Aloha State comes at a high price....

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Sunday, November 08, 2015
Biofuel Shell Game: How Giant Diesel Plant Became part of Hawaii's 'Clean' Energy Future
By Andrew Walden @ 7:33 PM :: 4786 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

Here's the trick.  The 'second' biofuel plant will soon be the 'only' biofuel plant....

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Wednesday, November 04, 2015
The Unaffordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:02 PM :: 2999 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

As the sheen wears off of subsidized health coverage, and more Americans find they are paying hundreds per month for coverage that provides few benefits....

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Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Hawaii: Child Care Costs More than College Tuition
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 3921 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business, Cost of Living

In Hawaii annual costs for 4-year-old care are equal to 55.8 percent of minimum-wage earnings....

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Friday, October 02, 2015
‘Smart Growth’ Drives up Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 1:14 PM :: 3988 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

A study reveals that urban containment, or smart growth policies, have been shown to drive the price of housing up....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
10 things Hawaii Can Do So That Everyone Gets Richer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:11 PM :: 2903 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

There are two approaches to meeting the needs of the least advantaged in society....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Electric Rates: Hawaii 90% Higher Than #2 State
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 3534 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...customers in deregulated states and areas can shop around for electric plans....

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Friday, September 18, 2015
'Smart Growth' Causes Hawaii Losses in Affordable Housing
By NCPA @ 5:57 PM :: 4013 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii, California, Oregon, Vermont, Florida and Washington, which adopted some type of restrictive land-use policy over the last 30 years, all experienced some of the largest losses, in terms of home affordability....

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Tuesday, September 01, 2015
Auto Theft, Fuel Cost, and Commute Time Make Hawaii one of Worst States for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 2927 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Hawaii -- 262.4--Car thefts per 100,000 people -- Nat'l Avg 220.7

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hawaii is Worst State to Start Post-College Life
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 3539 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the combination of one of the country's most expensive housing markets and relatively low employment opportunities....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Forbes: Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
By NCPA @ 4:17 PM :: 3682 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction thanks to the increased use of natural gas obtained through fracking....

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Affordable Retirement? Honolulu Ranks 145th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 2904 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The adjusted cost of living for retired persons in Honolulu is twice as high as it is in Laredo, Texas....

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Monday, August 10, 2015
Healthy, Affordable Retirement? Honolulu Ranks Near the Bottom
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 3451 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

Seattle is the best city in the United States for healthy retirement living, with Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland (Oregon) and Hartford rounding out the top five....

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Thursday, August 06, 2015
HECO Uses Electric Vehicles to Introduce Time-of-Use Rates
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 3091 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...at home using electricity from the grid will be most expensive during peak electricity demand from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Honolulu 4th Most Expensive City for Singles
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 AM :: 2610 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

For singles in Honolulu, the highest lifestyle-related costs are clothing and housing....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Cities Americans are Leaving: Honolulu Ranks 4th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 3669 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and Detroit ranks 14th....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Kids Count: One in Eight Children in Hawaii Live in Poverty
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 3090 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“The high cost of living in Hawaii amplifies the hardship that many of our low-income and poor families face...."

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Monday, July 20, 2015
UHERO: Decoupling Socks Electric Ratepayers with Soaring Fixed Costs
By UHERO @ 9:18 PM :: 4054 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential customers now pay roughly $0.17/kWh for fixed costs....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
New FEMA Flood Insurance Maps Hit Hard --Kihei, Waikapu, Kaunakakai
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 2517 Views :: Cost of Living

These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south shore areas of Molokai, and Kihei and Waikapu areas on Maui, will become effective on November 4, 2015....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 3820 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Consumer Energy Expenses--Hawaii Ranks 28th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 2980 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The average monthly consumption of electricity per housing unit in Louisiana is triple that in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 08, 2015
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $86.06
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 3036 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only in Washington DC is $100 more worthless....

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Monday, July 06, 2015
Honolulu Highest Cost of Living in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 3511 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Across all metro areas, Urban Honolulu, Hawaii has the highest cost of living, while Danville, Illinois is the least expensive place to live in the country....

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Monday, July 06, 2015
Hawaii: Worst State to Make a Living 2015
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 PM :: 2906 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Why? Cost of living is the main issue....

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Thursday, July 02, 2015
Hawaii 100% Renewable Energy Mandate a Blank Check for Rate Hikes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 4716 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

For example, the Aina Koa Pono project....

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
$418M 'Clean Energy' Tax Hike: Fewer flights and fewer visitors to Hawaii would be expected
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 PM :: 6725 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism, Cost of Living

...it is OK that their plan would gut the tourism industry because it would also drive Hawaii's cost of living up to the point where residents could no longer afford to leave....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Hawaii Lowest Median Income for Families with Father Present
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 3474 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The median income for families (dad present) with kids younger than 18 adjusted for cost of living is two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawaii....

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Friday, June 12, 2015
Honolulu? You Need to Be a Millionaire to Retire
By Selected News Articles @ 10:59 PM :: 4809 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...retirement in Hawaii would require $65,822 annually in disposable income, and (given Hawaii’s relatively high income taxes) pre-tax income of $91,451....

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Wednesday, June 03, 2015
HMSA blames Micronesians for 50% Rate Hike
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 4904 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

Insurer finds scapegoat--will you be fooled?

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Saturday, May 23, 2015
2015 Legislative Recap: Victories for Social and Economic Justice
By News Release @ 9:27 PM :: 2839 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living
The 2015 Legislative session ended earlier this month with three of Hawaii Appleseed's top priorities being passed!
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Out of Reach 2015: Hawaii Most Unaffordable Rentals in USA
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 3592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Statewide average wage to afford 2 br rental: $31.61 (Highest in USA)

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015
Honolulu 86th Worst Small Business Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 3468 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...earnings for small business employees adjusted for cost of living are three times higher in the Houston metro area than in the Honolulu metro area....

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Drunk? Reckless? How Much Will Your Car Insurance Increase?
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 3324 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Law Enforcement, Cost of Living

Having two accidents in the last two years on your record is the most costly traffic violation....

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Sunday, April 19, 2015
SB 555 - Increasing the Food/Excise Tax Credit
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 3256 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Hawaii levies the second highest tax burden in the country on its low-income families. A major reason for this is the General Excise tax....

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015
Guess What: Hawaii Housing Is Expensive!
By Robert Thomas @ 5:25 AM :: 4384 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"Affordable Housing Maui Style" - from NewGeography.com....

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Thursday, April 02, 2015
PUC: Decoupling Boosts Electric Rates--'Adjust Revenue' up by 229% 'Without Review'
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 4192 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Since decoupling, total 'baseline expenditures' increased 229%--from $161M to $368M....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Hawaii Consumers 'Least Sustainable Spending Habits' in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:12 PM :: 3495 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The percentage of people overspending their income is twice as high in Hawaii and Nevada than in Maryland....

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