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Sunday, February 23, 2014
Can We Best Help the Poor by Making Their Lives Complicated?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 3545 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

Among the proposals being considered are a low-income credit; a food and excise tax credit; a low-income household renters’ credit; an earned income tax credit; and a special tax credit for seniors....

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Saturday, February 22, 2014
Full Text: Legislators Challenge Abercrombie over Morita Dismissal
By News Release @ 4:10 AM :: 4372 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living
...William Kaneko, who chairs Abercrombie's re-election campaign, is a former lobbyist for Aina Koa Pono....
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Friday, February 21, 2014
Feds: Hawaii's High Energy Costs Drive Push for 'Clean' Energy
By Selected News Articles @ 7:58 PM :: 4256 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...residential electricity rates are three times the national average....

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Friday, February 21, 2014
Honolulu Ethics Commission Calls for Audit of Water Board
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 6545 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...topics include procurement training for BWS staff, prevention of disclosure of confidential information and the management of multiple change orders increasing the work and value of the contract....

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Thursday, February 20, 2014
DBEDT: Shortage of Housing Supply Contributes to High Prices
By News Release @ 2:54 PM :: 3327 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

The first report of its scope in nearly 14 years, it examines the past performance of Hawaii’s construction industry and forecasts future growth....

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Sunday, February 16, 2014
GMO Labeling Could Add $800/yr to Hawaii Grocery Bills
By Andrew Walden @ 10:51 PM :: 5185 Views :: Cost of Living, GMOs

It is expected to cost consumers $800 per year in higher food prices and many products could simply disappear from Hawaii shelves, but SB2521 is on the move thanks to Senator Clayton Hee....

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Saturday, February 15, 2014
Four Things You Should Know About The Minimum Wage Debate In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 8:31 AM :: 4340 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

If the legislature is serious about fighting poverty in Hawaii, a broader and more comprehensive discussion is essential....

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Sunday, February 09, 2014
Minimum Wage Fraud Revisited–Again and Again
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 3455 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Why do the prices of food, clothing, and shelter keep going up?
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Monday, February 03, 2014
UHERO: Hawaii's minimum wage, poverty, and job creation
By UHERO @ 7:48 PM :: 3927 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Ten different bills have been introduced  at the legislature this session to raise Hawaii's minimum wage....
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Saturday, February 01, 2014
Regressive Taxes: State Hypocrisy on Minimum Wage
By Andrew Walden @ 8:30 PM :: 4240 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living
“…our residents living in poverty pay more in state taxes than all but three other states….”
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Thursday, January 30, 2014
Hawaii Auto Insurance Quotes Vary 48% -- Depending on Month
By News Release @ 7:23 PM :: 3510 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the cost of auto insurance varies depending on the month you purchase a policy....

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Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Drop in Median Income Affects Affordable Housing Limits
By News Release @ 9:42 PM :: 3437 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

HUD determined that the city’s median income for a household of four is $82,600, down from $86,300 last year....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Fitch Ratings for Hawaiian Electric Tout Decoupling
By News Release @ 7:14 PM :: 2908 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO enjoys full revenue decoupling, fuel and purchased power pass-through recovery, rates based on forward test years...and recovery of increases in certain operating expenses and capital investments between rate cases through riders....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014
SB2693 Would Ban Soda, Juice, Latte Over 16oz
By Selected News Articles @ 4:03 PM :: 3352 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...there’s no “latte loophole,” since any quantity of added sugar makes a drink fall under the ban. Indeed, the only way to get more than a pint of drink at a time is to add booze, as adult beverages are excluded ...

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Monday, January 20, 2014
Decoupling: How HECO's "Money Printing Machine" Causes High Electric Rates
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 4674 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... why should an ever-expanding list of business risks be transferred from the utility to its customers? ....

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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Appleseed: Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 2714 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...a proposed bill containing four components that will significantly improve the economic vitality of low and moderate income households....

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Wednesday, January 08, 2014
DCCA Releases Insurance Comparisons for Homes, Vehicles
By News Release @ 5:09 PM :: 2158 Views :: Cost of Living

...the Insurance Division is now providing Hawaii’s 2014 homeowner and motor vehicle premiums comparison guides through its website....

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Friday, January 03, 2014
Flawed Minimum Wage Hike Advocacy Will Cost Hawaii's Poorest Workers $7M this Year
By Andrew Walden @ 12:34 AM :: 4348 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...7,000 well-paid waiters are being played against 7,000 underpaid dishwashers....

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Thursday, December 26, 2013
Flood Insurance: Sharpening the Government's Blurry Maps
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 PM :: 3590 Views :: National News, Land Use, Cost of Living

FEMA's maps govern whether home and business owners are required to buy flood insurance....

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Excessive Price: PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Scheme (again)
By News Release @ 8:55 PM :: 3570 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Because HELCO's renewable energy generation output is in excess of the statutory forty percent, HELCO must demonstrate that the project provides cost reduction benefits to ratepayers....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
UHERO: Ethanol Harms Public Welfare, Does Little to Reduce Greenhouse Gasses
By UHERO @ 9:27 PM :: 3513 Views :: Energy, Tax Credits, Cost of Living

...impacts on gross state product are estimated to be negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Monday, December 23, 2013
Priced out of Paradise: What are Hawaii Leaders Doing?
By Selected News Articles @ 1:26 AM :: 3072 Views :: Cost of Living, GMOs

They are pushing to grow their industry that may increase availability of organic produce but at a cost that most folks can’t afford....

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Sunday, December 22, 2013
Electricity: Blue Planet Celebrates Year of Making Public Consume Less and Pay More
By News Release @ 10:16 PM :: 2619 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The Clinton Global Initiative recognized WEfficiency as a change-making commitment. And of course: Money shower!....

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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Why the Price of Crude in America Is Out of Whack with the Rest of the World
By NCPA @ 1:35 PM :: 2839 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A barrel of Brent currently changes hands for $109; WTI fetches just $98; HECO pays $132....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Creating a Fairer State Tax System and Economy for All Families
By News Release @ 12:53 PM :: 3353 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our state’s lower-income families are faced with almost insurmountable structural challenges to escaping poverty....

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Sunday, December 15, 2013
Reimagining Housing in Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:43 PM :: 3118 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Appleseed released a report entitled Reimagining Housing in Hawaii, detailing successful affordable housing models like microunits, ohana housing, modular housing, among others....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: The Confusing World of PV
By UHERO @ 4:09 PM :: 3081 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

This UHERO 101 intends to clarify some of the rate and policy aspects of PV in Hawai‘i, and explores the two opposite driving forces of PV adoption....

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Friday, November 29, 2013
UHERO: Water Trading to Control Hawaii Aquifers?
By UHERO @ 4:03 PM :: 2764 Views :: Environment, Cost of Living

While an untrammeled water market would fail to provide the optimal solution, regulators can facilitate efficient water trading by setting appropriate exchange rates....

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Saturday, November 23, 2013
Ethics complaint: HCDA Falsifies Kakaako Workforce Housing Affordability Formulas
By Ariel Salinas @ 6:40 PM :: 6277 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

For a 1br-1ba unit, HCDA's falsified estimate sets the "affordable" price at $655K.  Using realistic assumptions the actual affordability price would be $371K--a difference of $284K....

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Friday, November 22, 2013
Hawaii: Foodstamp Allotment Jumps 3.4% for 190,000
By Selected News Articles @ 3:32 AM :: 3287 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

While most states see cuts, Hawaii's 190,000 food stamp recipients will see an INCREASE from $319 to $330 per month....

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Sunday, November 17, 2013
UHERO: Biofuel Scheme Enriches Landowners, Soaks Consumers
By UHERO @ 6:32 PM :: 3351 Views :: Energy, Land Use, Cost of Living

...impacts to gross state product are negative (up to -$63 million)....

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Sunday, November 10, 2013
KIUC Gets Solar 37% Cheaper than HECO
By News Release @ 10:27 PM :: 3441 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

The net cost of electricity that will be generated by the array will be at 10 cents and 13.5 cents per kilowatt hour....

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Friday, November 08, 2013
U.S. Sugar Policy Sends Candy Makers Abroad
By NCPA @ 10:06 AM :: 3748 Views :: National News, Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

U.S. candy makers are expanding production in other countries as federal price supports and a global glut of the sweet stuff give an ever-greater advantage to foreign rivals....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
Res 13-216: Stop Unfair Water Billing
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 11:23 PM :: 2979 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Board of Water Supply’s (BWS) unfair billing practices  forced thousands of O‘ahu residents to subsidize the errors caused by BWS' own faulty billing system....

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Thursday, November 07, 2013
How Differences in the Cost of Living Affect Low-Income Families
By News Release @ 1:47 PM :: 3874 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The amount of money necessary to buy a 1,000 square-foot apartment in Dallas would only buy a 460 square-foot apartment in Honolulu....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Realtors Assn: Honolulu 3rd Most Expensive Real Estate
By News Release @ 10:39 PM :: 2666 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

San Jose, $805,000; San Francisco, $705,000; Honolulu, $679,800; Anaheim-Santa Ana, Calif., $670,700; and San Diego, $485,000 ....

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013
Survey: Kailua 20th Most Unaffordable Real Estate in USA
By News Release @ 10:33 PM :: 2978 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Exhaustive Survey of Nearly 2,000 Markets and 52,000 Listings Shows More Than $2 Million Difference in Price Between Malibu and Cleveland....

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Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Water bill problems affected 130,000
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:43 PM :: 4254 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living
...of the nearly 130,000 customers who received an estimated bill, 79 percent received an underestimated bill ....
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Friday, October 25, 2013
Retiree Hit With $7000 'Recalculated' Water Bill
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 12:47 AM :: 3352 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

His monthly bill is normally around $200....

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Sunday, October 20, 2013
Raising the Cost of “Affordable Housing”
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3118 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

A couple of weeks ago, this commentary examined some of the hurdles that stand in the way of producing more affordable housing....

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Monday, October 14, 2013
Ratepayers Soaked to Enrich Landowners as PUC Approves 10M Gallon HECO Biofuel Contract
By News Release @ 5:42 PM :: 3200 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HBE is a consortium of three of Hawaii's largest landowners and three venture capital companies....

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Friday, October 11, 2013
Pine: "Eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy"
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 5:47 PM :: 3140 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

On Wednesday, I introduced a Charter Amendment to eliminate the Board of Water Supply's retroactive billing policy....

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Consumer LifeSmarts: DCCA Launches 10th Annual Statewide Student Competition
By News Release @ 7:45 PM :: 2924 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

...a FREE consumer education competition open to teens in grades 6-12....

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Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Comparing Economies: Hawaii and Greece -- The Writing on the Wall
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:13 PM :: 4489 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living
Recently UHERO presented a detailed inforgraphic of jobs in Hawaii. The inforgraphic answers questions like: What type of jobs, how many and how much do they make?
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Monday, September 23, 2013
VIDEO: Angered by Electric Bill, Hilo Man Chains Himself to HELCO Front Door
By Video @ 7:41 PM :: 4208 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
'Helco Prisoner’ says his electric bills were $1000 to $1600 per month.
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Friday, September 20, 2013
UHERO: Hawaii's Energy Future
By UHERO @ 11:01 PM :: 3045 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

UHERO's ongoing research is looking at ways to cost-effectively achieve GHG reduction and meet the state's clean energy goals....

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Friday, September 20, 2013
Obamacare Plans: Four Things the Health Connector Isn’t Telling You
By Andrew Walden @ 10:07 PM :: 4304 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living
  1. Deductibles
  2. Family rates
  3. Smokers' rates
  4. What's not covered
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Friday, September 20, 2013
Study: Smart Growth Produces High Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 3:34 AM :: 3183 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

The cost of owned housing rose 75 percent more in areas of higher poverty....

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Thursday, September 19, 2013
UHERO: The Unintended Consequences of Affordable Housing Policy
By UHERO @ 3:15 AM :: 3680 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Honolulu City Council member Ron Menor has introduced a resolution to amend city policy on household income thresholds for affordable for-sale and/or rental housing....

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Sunday, September 15, 2013
Questionable Paradox Exists for Affordable Housing
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:01 AM :: 3773 Views :: Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

there is a glaring paradox as observers decry the shortage of affordable housing ... while at the same time prevent the development of additional affordable housing....

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