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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
HECO: 'Time of Use' Rate Hike Coming
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 3803 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 :: 4109 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 8, 2015
Biofuel Shell Game: How Giant Diesel Plant Became part of Hawaii's 'Clean' Energy Future
By Andrew Walden @ 7:33 PM :: 5843 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 4, 2015
The Unaffordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:02 PM :: 3698 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 7, 2015
Hawaii: Child Care Costs More than College Tuition
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 5223 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 2, 2015
‘Smart Growth’ Drives up Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 1:14 PM :: 4889 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 :: 3584 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 :: 4402 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 :: 5306 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 1, 2015
Auto Theft, Fuel Cost, and Commute Time Make Hawaii one of Worst States for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 3680 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 :: 4477 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 :: 4679 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 :: 3498 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 :: 4186 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 6, 2015
HECO Uses Electric Vehicles to Introduce Time-of-Use Rates
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 3865 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 :: 3290 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 :: 4307 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 :: 3806 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 :: 4856 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 :: 2998 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 :: 4661 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 :: 3744 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 8, 2015
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $86.06
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 3657 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Monday, July 6, 2015
Honolulu Highest Cost of Living in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 4107 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 6, 2015
Hawaii: Worst State to Make a Living 2015
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 PM :: 3719 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hawaii 100% Renewable Energy Mandate a Blank Check for Rate Hikes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 6049 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 :: 8171 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 :: 4428 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 :: 5615 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 3, 2015
HMSA blames Micronesians for 50% Rate Hike
By News Release @ 1:00 AM :: 5620 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 :: 3485 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 :: 4164 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 6, 2015
Honolulu 86th Worst Small Business Environment
By Selected News Articles @ 5:56 PM :: 4493 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 :: 4172 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 :: 4138 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 8, 2015
Guess What: Hawaii Housing Is Expensive!
By Robert Thomas @ 5:25 AM :: 5376 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

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

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Thursday, April 2, 2015
PUC: Decoupling Boosts Electric Rates--'Adjust Revenue' up by 229% 'Without Review'
By News Release @ 8:49 PM :: 5115 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 :: 4459 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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Friday, March 27, 2015
Hawaii Electric Car Charging Costs More Than Gasoline for 33 MPG Car
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 4355 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The new savings estimators are part of the Hawaiian Electric Companies’ support for electrification of transportation....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Hawaii #2 in USA: 43% of Households Spend at Least 30% on Housing
By Selected News Articles @ 3:45 PM :: 3470 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only California (44%) has more households spending at least 30% of their income on housing....

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Hawaii is Not the Hawaii I Knew
By Joni Kamiya @ 2:01 PM :: 5410 Views :: Environment, Agriculture, Cost of Living

...the SHAKA Movement is now going after the sugar cane industry....

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Saturday, January 31, 2015
Akina: Government can help lower the cost of living by getting out of the way
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:29 PM :: 3821 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...a new state-by-state comparison puts Hawaii as #1 in terms of the gap between the income residents earn and the cost of housing....

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Thursday, January 29, 2015
Report: Hawaii Last Place for American Dream
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 3784 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawai‘i has the largest gap in the nation between residents’ income and housing costs, ranking dead last....

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Monday, January 26, 2015
Is $5 a Gallon Gas on Its Way? This Expert Thinks So
By Heritage Foundation @ 11:35 AM :: 4015 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“The next round of high prices is likely to start later this year, as crude rebounds to the $80s and $90s, perhaps pushing to the $100 level by late in the year or early next.”

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Friday, January 23, 2015
Up to $1.2 Billion Electricity Savings for Hawaii After Oil Prices Plummet
By UHERO @ 11:02 AM :: 3875 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...if prices stay this low, it will take up to four months before electricity prices fully reflect the drop in oil prices....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
HECO Plan Rewards Solar Contractors, Cuts Payments to Solar Consumers
By News Release @ 6:26 PM :: 4543 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Any program changes from this proposal would apply only to new customers....

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Smoking is a Million Dollar Habit--and Hawaii is More Expensive than Most
By Selected News Articles @ 1:54 PM :: 4174 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

The cost of tobacco for every smoker is $1,029,646 over a lifetime....

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Thursday, January 15, 2015
Insurance Risk to Drivers: Hawaii Ranks 20th
By Selected News Articles @ 1:49 PM :: 3423 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
What kind of financial risks do drivers take when they take to the road?
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
DCCA Website Compares Car and Homeowner Insurance Rates
By News Release @ 10:20 PM :: 3019 Views :: Cost of Living

Insurance Division Releases Annual Premium Comparison Guide to Help Residents Shop and Compare....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Hawaii Senate Minority announces legislative agenda for 2015
By News Release @ 6:50 PM :: 7157 Views :: Education K-12, Energy, Economy, Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

Top concerns include the state economy, education, the Hawaii Health Connector, oversight of the Public Utilities Commission in light of the Hawaiian Electric Industries/NextEra merger, and positively affecting the cost of living for Hawaii residents....

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