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Friday, January 19, 2018
Stacks of rules for renters
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:40 PM :: 102 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...award-winning cartoonist and illustrator David Swann....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Best States to Retire--Hawaii Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 PM :: 222 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...highest cost of living in USA....

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Wednesday, January 17, 2018
Hawaii: Smoking Costs $40K Per Year
By Selected News Articles @ 3:50 PM :: 225 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...Smoking doesn’t just ruin your health. It can also burn a nasty hole through your wallet....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Honolulu Lowest Pay for STEM Professionals in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 PM :: 430 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...and the most unaffordable housing....

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Saturday, January 13, 2018
Permit Purgatory--Cost of Housing on the Rise
By News Release @ 1:59 AM :: 487 Views :: Republican Party, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Hawai'i has the longest average wait time for a building or construction permit - 17 months....

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Friday, January 12, 2018
Study: Hawaii Most Expensive Electric Car Ownership in USA
By News Release @ 1:12 AM :: 1011 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The current average annual cost of driving a typical new gasoline vehicle in the United States is $1,117, with a maximum of $1,509 in Hawaii and a minimum of $993 in Alabama....

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Thursday, January 11, 2018
DCCA Releases Hawaii Insurance Premium Price Comparison Guide
By News Release @ 3:56 PM :: 536 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Insurance Division Releases Annual Premium Comparison Guides to Help Consumers Compare Insurance Premiums....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Republican Tax Cuts Will Lower Hawaii Electric Bills
By News Release @ 11:44 PM :: 521 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...State and federal taxes are included in the base electric rate and with a lower federal tax, the tax rate imbedded in the bill will be reduced....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018
Report: 48% of Hawaii Households Can't Afford basics
By News Release @ 1:51 AM :: 867 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...not high enough to afford a basic household budget that includes housing, child care, food, transportation and health care....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Overcharged: Why Healthcare Costs Too Much
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 9:39 PM :: 521 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...would expansion of Medicare be good for America?....

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Monday, January 08, 2018
Hawaii--Lowest Family Salary in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:05 PM :: 576 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and the least affordable housing....

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Thursday, January 04, 2018
DBEDT: 31% of Hawaii families can't cover basic needs
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 1070 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...this study defines economic self-sufficiency as the amount of money that individuals and families require to meet their basic needs without government and/or other subsidies....

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Have Honolulu Rents Peaked?
By News Release @ 10:59 PM :: 762 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Currently, median rents in Honolulu stand at $1,550 for a one-bedroom apartment and $2,060 for a two-bedroom....

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Tuesday, January 02, 2018
Best Place to Find a Job? With Record Low Unemployment Honolulu Still Ranks 42nd
By Selected News Articles @ 2:13 PM :: 592 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...comparind more than 180 U.S. cities across 26 key indicators of job-market strength....

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017
Caldwell: Affordable Housing is a Monster Which Must be Killed
By News Release @ 9:40 PM :: 1072 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...Caldwell is calling upon the Honolulu City Council to pass legislation that places a moratorium on their construction....

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Friday, December 15, 2017
Study: Third of Honolulu renters spend half their income on rent
By News Release @ 9:45 PM :: 778 Views :: Cost of Living

...More than half of renters in Honolulu are spending more than a third of their income on rent each month, and 29 percent are spending more than 50 percent of their monthly income....

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Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Child Care: Hawaii Among Most Unaffordable States
By News Release @ 11:57 PM :: 742 Views :: Family, Cost of Living

...Cost of Care Report Shows No State Has Affordable Care Massachusetts, Utah, Oregon, Minnesota, New York, Washington, and Hawaii Top Nation's Unaffordability List for Infants and Toddlers....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
Throwing Money at Housing Won’t Work
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 730 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

...government’s real job is to out of the way, not create more costly programs that don’t work....

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Monday, December 11, 2017
UHERO: Carbon Tax Would Bring together energy and climate change policy
By UHERO @ 1:35 AM :: 993 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...global warming is just an excuse for tax hikes and rate hikes....

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Friday, December 08, 2017
HUD: Hawaii #1 State for Homelessness
By News Release @ 12:50 AM :: 1043 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Cost of Living

...Hawaii still leads nation in homeless count per capita....

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Saturday, December 02, 2017
Zoning, Land-Use Planning, and Housing Affordability
By Selected News Articles @ 12:35 AM :: 1041 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...regulations have also tended to reduce the supply of housing, including multifamily and low-income housing....

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Friday, December 01, 2017
Hawaii Child Care Most Expensive in USA
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 823 Views :: Education K-12, Family, Cost of Living

...care for only one child in Hawai‘i consumes approximately 13 percent of the typical Hawai‘i family’s income....

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Monday, November 20, 2017
Honolulu 3rd-Worst City to Live In When You’re Struggling to Pay Off Debt
By Selected News Articles @ 5:32 PM :: 948 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu cost of living is 86 percent above national average .... 

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
2017 Survey: Home Health Care Costs Increase in Hawaii
By News Release @ 8:39 PM :: 837 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...the annual median cost of long term care services in Hawaii increased an average of 5.51 percent from 2016 to 2017....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2017
HECO Biofuel Contract—$7.69 per gallon
By News Release @ 3:34 AM :: 1435 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Last year biodiesel represented 2 percent of HECO’s oil and diesel consumption. (Translation: Its an expensive fig leaf for diesel plants.)....

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Wednesday, November 08, 2017
$150M Rate Hike Plan--BWS Accepting Comments
By News Release @ 12:12 AM :: 925 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

...The last rate hike was two years ago--the next increase could happen in 2019....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Honolulu--4th Highest Veteran Homelessness in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 9:03 PM :: 998 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Homelessness, Military, Cost of Living

...veterans in many cities continue to suffer from long delays in mental-health treatment despite a $10 billion effort to expand veterans’ access to such care....

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Tuesday, November 07, 2017
Hawaii--The Worst State for Middle-Class Income Earners
By News Release @ 3:19 PM :: 1125 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Because of the high real estate prices, Hawaii also had the second-lowest percentage of homeowners....

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Friday, November 03, 2017
GOP Tax Plan Will End Federal Subsidy for Unaffordable Housing and High Tax Localities
By Americans for Tax Reform @ 4:10 AM :: 1221 Views :: National News, Republican Party, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...repeals the state and local tax deduction for income and sales taxes and caps the SALT deduction for property taxes at $10,000. The home mortgage interest is grandfathered in and preserved for new homes up to $500,000....

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Thursday, November 02, 2017
16 Years of Litigation: Sierra Club Directly Responsible for Lack of Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 9:00 PM :: 1489 Views :: Development, Greenmail, Cost of Living

...Castle & Cooke Hawaii ready to break ground at Koa Ridge....

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Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Obamacare: Ins Div Approves Yet Another Round of Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:01 PM :: 1091 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...These rates are expected to affect approximately 34,000 individuals currently purchasing ACA individual plans....

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Monday, October 30, 2017
Best Small Cities: Waipahu Worse Than Gary, Indiana?
By Selected News Articles @ 5:26 PM :: 965 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...one of the best perks of living in a city with a relatively smaller population? Affordability (but not in Hawaii)....

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Saturday, October 07, 2017
Hawaii: Median Family Spends 6.8 years income to buy median home
By Selected News Articles @ 4:35 PM :: 1980 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is the most unaffordable housing market in USA....

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Thursday, October 05, 2017
Cost of Living: Honolulu adjusted salaries lowest in USA
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:39 PM :: 2199 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu’s adjusted salaries are the lowest in the country, more than $7,000 below the next lowest, Tucson, AZ....

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Monday, September 18, 2017
Report: Hawaii Health Insurance Jumps by Avg of $341
By News Release @ 2:54 AM :: 1549 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Only five states had statistically significant increases in single coverage premiums 2015 to 2016 -- Hawaii is 5th ....

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Thursday, September 07, 2017
Hawaii Braces for High Costs of Renewable Energy Mandates
By Selected News Articles @ 11:42 PM :: 1717 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...HECO has acknowledged rates could rise by more than 44 percent when PSIP is fully implemented....

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017
HEI to Burn $205M Helping Tax Credit Scammers Make More Money on Alt Energy
By News Release @ 3:26 AM :: 1312 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Elon Musk made lots of campaign contributions.  He expects to be repaid....

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 5:36 PM :: 2035 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...If you retire with $1 million in Hawaii, you have just shy of a dozen years to ride out your savings....

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Thursday, August 17, 2017
Honolulu: $100 worth only $80.32
By Tax Foundation @ 3:29 PM :: 1404 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu is the most expensive city in the USA, but in rural Hawaii $100 is worth $99.90 ....

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Saturday, August 12, 2017
Honolulu Rents Jump Another 6.7%
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 1140 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu, HI, hit #3 in July with an increase of 8%, and returns to the list at #4 in August for another 6.7% increase. For August, that means median one-bedroom rent is $1,766 — the tenth highest in the country....

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Saturday, August 05, 2017
Why a Tax on Soda is Unhealthy
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 5:14 PM :: 1447 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has no soda tax. But that's not for lack of trying.....

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Friday, August 04, 2017
Hawaii Value of $100? -- $84.18
By Tax Foundation @ 12:23 PM :: 2017 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the same amount of cash can buy you more in a low-price state than in a high-price state....

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Thursday, August 03, 2017
Break the Government Monopoly on Flood Insurance
By Heritage Foundation @ 5:56 AM :: 1381 Views :: National News, Congressional Delegation, Cost of Living

...Since the 21st Century Flood Reform Act of 2017 (H.R. 2874) passed out of committee in June, it has been subject to intense industry lobbying....

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Wednesday, August 02, 2017
Honolulu Among 10 Worst Markets for House Flippers
By Selected News Articles @ 4:58 AM :: 1584 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...“Flip or Flop”....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
HECO Public Meetings to Discuss Plan for Massive Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 5:41 PM :: 1443 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Hawaiian Electric Company will host a public meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, at McKinley High School....

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Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Oahu Military to Get 20% for Cost of Living
By News Release @ 2:46 AM :: 1626 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

...U.S. Pacific Command announced changes to the 2017 Hawaii Cost of Living Allowance effective Sept. 1, 2017....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
2017’s Best & Worst Places for First-Time Home Buyers--Honolulu Ranks 268th
By Selected News Articles @ 8:28 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...23 key indicators of market attractiveness, affordability and quality of life....

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017
Hawaii Energy Costs--Low Usage vs High Rates
By Selected News Articles @ 9:23 PM :: 1434 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii ranks 37th in monthly energy cost....

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Saturday, July 08, 2017
Economic freedom needed to increase affordable housing
By Dr Kelii Akina PhD @ 1:31 PM :: 1598 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Cost of Living

Dr. Keli’i Akina gave the following speech on June 30th, 2017, at the 2017 Maui County Affordable Housing Summit, hosted by the Maui Chamber of Commerce and Maui County Department of Housing & Human Concerns....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Hawaii named 'worst state to make a living' (again)
By Selected News Articles @ 1:41 AM :: 3655 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

It really comes down to workers not getting much out of their paychecks because of a high cost of living and high taxes....

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