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Monday, June 09, 2014
Hawaii Rated Worst State to Make a Living 2014
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 3871 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 :: 3386 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 :: 3223 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 :: 3044 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 :: 4879 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 :: 4064 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 :: 3336 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 :: 3873 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 :: 3693 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 :: 4127 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 :: 3338 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 :: 2595 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 :: 8171 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 :: 3388 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 :: 2486 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 :: 3701 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 :: 4525 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 :: 4435 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 :: 6702 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 :: 3485 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 :: 5331 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 :: 4537 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 :: 3622 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 :: 4095 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 :: 4439 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 :: 3642 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 :: 3636 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 :: 3044 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 :: 3486 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 :: 4843 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 :: 2856 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 :: 2256 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 :: 4545 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 :: 3764 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 :: 3729 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 :: 3686 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 :: 3209 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 :: 2735 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 :: 2959 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 :: 3510 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 :: 3256 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 :: 3207 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 :: 2884 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 :: 6438 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 :: 3419 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 :: 3541 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 :: 3592 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 :: 3929 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 :: 3137 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 :: 4002 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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