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Friday, September 12, 2014
Hawaii Families Work Harder To Cope With Rising Costs
By News Release @ 4:10 PM :: 2305 Views :: Cost of Living

Hawaii workers find they have to work harder while earning inadequate wages in order to keep up with the soaring cost of living....

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014
The Abercrombie-Ige Agenda Isn't Working: Housing Prices Soar, Burdening Family Budgets
By News Release @ 4:23 PM :: 3040 Views :: Cost of Living

“A single person can earn as much as $54,850 and qualify for housing assistance on Oahu. For a family of four, the cut-off is $78,300...."

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Auditor: Water Board Cannot Justify Monthly Billing Charge
By News Release @ 9:52 PM :: 6293 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

BWS claims that the billing charge is justified to defray administrative costs associated with billing and cost recovery for installing the new billing system....

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
The Abercrombie-Ige Agenda Isn't Working: The Cost Of Living In Hawaii
By News Release @ 6:52 PM :: 2997 Views :: Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks as the worst place to make a living in 2014....

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Monday, September 08, 2014
The Abercrombie-Ige Agenda Isn't Working: High Cost Of Living Leads To Doctor Shortage, Wait Times
By News Release @ 7:10 PM :: 2886 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...A new report over the weekend on the growing doctor shortage is just the latest sign that the Abercrombie-Ige policy agenda is not working....

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Sunday, August 24, 2014
Cutting Energy Costs: Methanol Beats LNG for Hawaii?
By Selected News Articles @ 12:22 AM :: 4333 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living
...Methanol is competitive with LNG in cryogenic containers currently contemplated for Hawaii....
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Monday, August 18, 2014
In Hawaii $100.00 is Only Worth $85.32
By Selected News Articles @ 11:02 PM :: 3455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The states where $100 is worth the least are the District of Columbia ($84.60), Hawaii ($85.32), New York ($86.66), New Jersey ($87.64), and California ($88.57)....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Honolulu 214th Ranked City for First Time Home Buyers
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 2937 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...WalletHub assessed the affordability of homes as well as the conditions of the real estate market and community environment in the 300 largest U.S. cities....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
Lawmakers Highlight Need for More Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 5:15 AM :: 3233 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...50,000 new units needed to be built between 2012 and 2016 to meet demands....

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014
The Jones Act and the Energy Price Hawaii Pays for Protectionism
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:12 PM :: 4708 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...electricity prices in Hawaii are nearly double those in the state with the next highest prices because Hawaii generates 75% of its electricity from petroleum and must rely on Jones Act vessels for all domestic oil shipments....

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Monday, July 21, 2014
Hawaii's highest-in-the-nation energy costs stay intact by politics, monopoly
By Malia Zimmerman @ 10:27 AM :: 3242 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Former Hawaii state Sen. Fred Hemmings says politicians allowing monopoly control of Hawaii's energy market are largely responsible for high costs....

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
WSJ: In Hawaii Happiness Costs $122K/year
By Selected News Articles @ 5:51 PM :: 3231 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

A few years ago, a Princeton prof and a renowned psychologist found that income of $75,000 a year is the threshold for daily happiness....

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014
Duke Aiona Plan to Reduce Affordable Housing Shortfall 91%
By News Release @ 8:31 PM :: 3782 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

My plan reduces the affordable housing shortfall by 91% within seven years without raising taxes....

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Sunday, July 13, 2014
Would You Be Shocked?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 3757 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii's power prices are among the highest in the nation as well. Not surprisingly, one of the big reasons for this is taxation....

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Wednesday, July 09, 2014
The High Cost of Hawaii's Affordable Housing Shortfall
By News Release @ 11:07 PM :: 3246 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Hawaii Appleseed has released a report, “Hawai‘i’s Affordable Housing Crisis: The High Cost of Our Affordable Housing Shortfall,”....

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Saturday, June 14, 2014
The High Cost of Living in Paradise
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:21 PM :: 3198 Views :: Cost of Living
"Hawaii: live in paradise, work in hell"
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Monday, June 09, 2014
Hawaii Rated Worst State to Make a Living 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3988 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

...a cost of living more than 50 percent higher than the norm makes it very difficult to make a decent living....

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Tuesday, June 03, 2014
Hawaii Refinery Converts to Lower Cost Mexican Oil
By News Release @ 1:54 AM :: 3505 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

“By the end of the first quarter, we had worked through the high-cost crude inventory...."

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Monday, June 02, 2014
Obama's Cap-and-Trade to Worsen Poverty
By NCPA @ 2:33 PM :: 3349 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...the EPA's new cap-and-trade regulations will make the poor a lot poorer....

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Monday, June 02, 2014
Baron and Budd negotiate $3.7 million settlement for State of Hawaii
By News Release @ 1:42 PM :: 3166 Views :: Judiciary, Cost of Living

...Baron and Budd negotiated a $3.7 million settlement on behalf of the State of Hawaii and a $1.6 million settlement on behalf of the State of Mississippi....

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Saturday, May 31, 2014
IDG Geothermal Scammers Could Score $0.195 per Kwh Sandwich Profits
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 AM :: 5024 Views :: Energy, Ethics, OHA, Cost of Living

“In New Zealand we are trying to make new geothermal power stations work, competing with other forms of generation at probably 7.5 cents per KWh."

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Friday, May 23, 2014
VIDEO: Why is the Rent So High in Hawaii?
By Video @ 4:33 PM :: 4173 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

The six layers of land use controls ....

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Saturday, May 10, 2014
Hawaii Exiting Inflated Asian Oil Markets, Will Buy from Mexico
By Selected News Articles @ 6:14 AM :: 3449 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Petroleos Mexicanos said it will export crude to the U.S. state of Hawaii for the first time and that the initial shipment will be delivered in July....

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Tuesday, April 29, 2014
CATO: Minimum Wage Increase Not the Answer in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 4050 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

Despite claims to the contrary, relatively few Hawaiians would benefit from the increase....

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Thursday, April 03, 2014
UHERO: Why are Hawai’i’s Electricity Prices So High?
By UHERO @ 4:49 PM :: 3828 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...well over two thirds of the state’s generated electricity is used by commercial businesses and industry, which factor into the prices we pay for everything else....

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Wednesday, April 02, 2014
Stung by High Electric Rates, Parker Ranch launches Paniolo Power Company
By News Release @ 6:01 PM :: 4274 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

HELCO rates are consistently more than 37 cents a kilowatt-hour, and often well over 40 cents, despite nearly half of the island’s electricity being generated from renewable sources....

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Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Report: Hawaii Tops List of Unaffordable Rentals
By News Release @ 3:59 AM :: 3452 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Out of Reach 2014 reveals the drastic difference between what renters need to earn to afford rent and what the average renter actually earns....

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
How to Avoid Another Housing Crisis
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:43 AM :: 2711 Views :: National News, Cost of Living
What’s one thing Congress could do to help the economy and American homeowners?
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Sunday, March 09, 2014
Solomon Pushes for Approval of Mililani Trask's Overpriced Geothermal Contract
By Andrew Walden @ 8:16 PM :: 8398 Views :: Energy, OHA, Cost of Living

...IDG officers and associates gave over $10,000 to Malama Solomon for her tightly contested 2012 primary race against Lorraine Inouye....

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Friday, February 28, 2014
FACE Ad campaign pushes minimum wage hike
By Malia Zimmerman @ 12:24 PM :: 3545 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

FACE said the increase is needed because Hawaii’s utilities are 110 percent higher than the national average, housing is 104 percent higher and groceries are 57 percent higher than other states...

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Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Honolulu tops list of America’s Most Overpriced Cities
By Selected News Articles @ 1:35 PM :: 2587 Views :: Cost of Living

Groceries in Honolulu cost 55.6% more than the national average; utilities 67.9% more....

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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 :: 3898 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 :: 4678 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 :: 4581 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 :: 6808 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 :: 3639 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 :: 5478 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 :: 4714 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 :: 3766 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 :: 4253 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 :: 4627 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 :: 3770 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 :: 3808 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 :: 3154 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 :: 3600 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 :: 5022 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 :: 2991 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 :: 2329 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 :: 4724 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 :: 3932 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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