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Monday, November 12, 2018
How to Build More Housing in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:02 PM :: 647 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

...how some well-intentioned regulations have had a chilling effect on efforts to build more homes....

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Saturday, November 10, 2018
Higher taxes do not make housing cheaper
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:40 AM :: 388 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

Many Hawaii taxpayers breathed a sigh of relief after the state Supreme Court on Oct. 19 voided a ballot question that would’ve allowed the state to raise taxes....

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Friday, November 09, 2018
Cost of Long Term Care--Hawaii 3rd Highest in USA
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 554 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Hawaii among three most expensive states for home health aide services and for long term care in nursing facilities....

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Friday, November 02, 2018
Hawaii 2nd Highest Down Payment Percentage in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 10:45 PM :: 541 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...LendingTree Ranks Down Payment Affordability by State....

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Friday, November 02, 2018
Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:50 PM :: 562 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...lower state and county taxes, reduce government regulations, allow more housing to be built, update the federal Jones Act and narrow the scope of occupational licensure....

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018
Hawaii Electricity Prices to Jump 20% Thanks to New Ship Fuel Requirements
By Selected News Articles @ 7:14 PM :: 956 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...The state depends on mostly low-sulfur fuel oil for about 70 percent of its power. In 2020, though, demand for that fuel is expected to surge, pushing up prices....

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Monday, October 29, 2018
The Cost of Utilities: Hawaii Pays the Most in USA
By News Release @ 8:42 PM :: 749 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Aloha State utilities cost $730.86 -- $202.90 more than #2 Alaska....

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Saturday, October 27, 2018
Highest in USA--Hawaii Electric Rates a Burden for Low Income
By Selected News Articles @ 1:18 PM :: 888 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...How Affordable is Your Electricity? Comparing Electric Rates, Bills, and Burden....

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018
How Much Does Over-Regulation Increase Hawaii Housing Costs?
By Selected News Articles @ 7:32 PM :: 980 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Government and the Cost of Living: Income-Based vs. Cost-Based Approaches to Alleviating Poverty....

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Friday, October 19, 2018
Study: Need $111,892 'To Get By' in Hawaii
By News Release @ 4:11 AM :: 2561 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The average annual expenditures total $111,892. The median household income of $71,977 — the fourth highest in the U.S. — isn’t enough...even without putting anything away for savings....

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Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Why ConAm Will Hurt Teachers and Keiki
By Video @ 4:16 AM :: 654 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...law professor Randall Roth and entrepreneur Stanley Lau are leading a community movement that says the measure will actually hurt teachers and our school children....

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Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Honolulu Rents Flat for Year
By News Release @ 1:13 AM :: 587 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Of the nation’s biggest 252 cities 93% have registered Y-o-Y rent increases, 6% flatlined, and only 1% of cities have seen their rents decrease compared to  September, 2017....

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Friday, October 05, 2018
Hawaii 3rd Richest State Per Capita
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 AM :: 819 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The string of islands in the Pacific Ocean obviously have an economy that functions much differently than the other 49 states....

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Thursday, October 04, 2018
Constitutional Amendment Ballot Measure Will Raise Cost of Living -- Funds may not go to Public Education
By News Release @ 6:38 PM :: 1319 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Those opposed to the constitutional amendment attending the news conference today stood outside a modest, family-owned walk-up apartment on Date Street, valued at approximately $1.5 million, to draw attention to the type of investment properties that would be impacted by the new tax....

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Sunday, September 30, 2018
Guess Which Agency Can Impose State Tax?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 974 Views :: Education K-12, Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This law, which we have discussed before, recently has been used to create a “school impact district” that goes from Kalihi to Ala Moana.... 

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Saturday, September 29, 2018
Financial Literacy: Hawaii Ranks 44th
By Selected News Articles @ 5:07 PM :: 537 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...24 key metrics that represent financial savvy — or lack thereof....

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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
BWS to Subsidize Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 1893 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The Board of Water Supply will have the ability to waive the water systems facilities charges and new meter cost for qualified on-site affordable and homeless dwelling units, up to 500 dwelling units per year....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Green Energy Mandates a Tax on Poor People
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 824 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s governor signed a 100 percent mandate in 2015, making it the first state in the country to require its entire energy mix to originate from renewables. California passed a similar bill in August....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Debt is the No. 1 source of financial stress in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 873 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the average debt in Hawaii is a whopping $869,250....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 1492 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unaffordable Housing? Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 897 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

...in 1969 the only places in America where housing cost more than three times incomes were Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut. I don’t know why Stamford was on the list, but Hawaii had passed legislation strictly regulating where people could build homes in 1961....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Constitutional Amendment: Support for Public Education or Misguided Public Policy?
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 1172 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...Stanley Lau who is the chair of the Affordable Coalition PAC which was formed to oppose the passage in the upcoming General Election of a constitutional amendment authorizing the State to tax investment property....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Hawaii: Lowest Level of Food Insecurity in USA
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 961 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Estimated prevalence rates of food insecurity during this 3-year period ranged from 7.4 percent in Hawaii to 17.9 percent in New Mexico; estimated prevalence rates of very low food security ranged from 2.9 percent in Hawaii to 7.1 percent in Alabama and Louisiana....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1483 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
UH Manoa Pushing to Double Parking Rates--Uses Biki as Excuse
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1521 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...The administration plans to take the rate increase to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) as soon as it can be scheduled....

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Sunday, August 26, 2018
Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 971 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...Maybe it’s just a question of semantics....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Honolulu: $100 Worth Only $80.40
By Tax Foundation @ 10:08 PM :: 929 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...In 4th place Honolulu $100 is worth only $80.40, in Maui County, $93.90, but in the rest of Hawaii—Big Island + Kauai--$100 is worth $98.33....

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Friday, August 17, 2018
How to get more for our money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:57 PM :: 890 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The real value of $100 in Hawaii is $84.46. That’s less than it was in 2016, when the real value was $85.62....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hawaii: $100 Worth Only $84.46
By Tax Foundation @ 5:26 PM :: 1176 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has the highest cost of living of any state....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Fast-Track Process Helps Two Affordable Housing Projects
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 1157 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

...Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects....

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Friday, August 10, 2018
As SEC Closes in on Elon Musk, UHERO Continues to Dream Up New Ways to Send Him Money
By UHERO @ 1:29 AM :: 1067 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...This study asks the question, how valuable is residential real-time pricing (RTP) in comparison to time-of-use (TOU) rates to absorb increasing sources of intermittent renewable energy?....

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities – Honolulu Dead Last
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 938 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities....

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Monday, August 06, 2018
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 1626 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Retired with a Million?  You've got 11 years ....

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Special Action Team on Affordable Rental Housing Presents 10-Year Plan
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 1005 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...of the projects awarded during the current administration, 433 affordable units are now under construction. In addition, 5,946 units are in the pipeline/pending phase, of which 5,235 are affordable....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Jones Act Blamed for High Consumer Prices in Puerto Rico
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:49 AM :: 997 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...What are the interests propping up this archaic legislation?....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lalamilo: Newly Built Windfarm in Default after 10 Months--Demands Subsidy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 1785 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

...the new Lalamilo windfarm follows in the path of the old Lalamilo windfarm -- but first they want a subsidy funded by higher water rates....

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hawaii offers a cautionary tale of a socialist future for the U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 AM :: 1614 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...According to CNBC, Hawaii has the second-highest tax burden in the country, just behind New York....

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Monday, July 16, 2018
Best Cities for First Time Homebuyers? Honolulu Ranks 253rd
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 1081 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...In 2017, 38% of all U.S. single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers....

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Hawaii Highest Energy Costs--Lowest Consumption
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 1177 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hawaii--The most expensive place to live in America
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 1571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Out-of-control living expenses in some of these places....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Best Cities to Drive in—Honolulu Scores 86th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 1101 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...driving is often a major hassle and expense....

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Monday, July 09, 2018
VIDEO: Make Hawaii Affordable Again
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:58 PM :: 1004 Views :: Republican Party, Cost of Living

...imposing heavy taxes, creating massive bureaucracies and lavish government programs....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
PUC Orders $107M Hawaii Electric Rate CUT--Thanks to President Donald J Trump
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1630 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This rate decrease reflects the impacts of the recently enacted federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu: Eleven Professions with no Money Left
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1774 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...in some fields like Personal Care & Service and Food Preparation & Serving, Hawaii residents are left with debts ranging from $8,000 to $9,000.... 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
UHERO: Wind and Solar will Drive up Electric Rates a Lot More
By UHERO @ 3:06 AM :: 1813 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the variability of solar and wind power makes the system-wide costs grow considerably as their share of the power mix rises....

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
PUC: Geothermal Shutdown Means Higher Rates, Dirtier Air
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 1692 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... PUC Plan: More solar and energy efficiency programs ....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hawaii—Need $75K Income to Afford 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 1227 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...On Oahu the ‘housing wage’ is $39.06 -- In Hawaii County it is $25.42, thanks to the subdivisions shifting the supply demand equation....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Oahu Drivers Burn More Than $11K in Yearly Commuting Costs
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 1493 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Cost of Living

...Oahu commuters would save $11,773 by commuting through public transportation versus driving and absorbing all of its associated costs such as gas, insurance, car maintenance, parking, depreciation, etc....

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Monday, June 04, 2018
Hawaii Highest Government Surplus--Lowest Median Household Income
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 1470 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Best & Worst State Economies....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hawaii Job Market Schizophrenic
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 AM :: 1406 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...lowest unemployment AND lowest starting salaries....

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