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Saturday, April 30, 2016
House Democrats: Ballot Photos, Gun Restrictions and Sex Change Operations
By News Release @ 8:22 PM :: 5267 Views :: Family, Health Care, Cost of Living

House Democrats are here to cut off your ....

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016
DBEDT: Housing Gobbles Up Hawaii Consumers Income
By News Release @ 3:30 AM :: 3729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Compared with 2004‐2005, Honolulu consumers spent more on housing in 2013‐2014, with the share of housing increasing from 31.7% to 43.2%....

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Monday, April 25, 2016
Hawaii Preschool Costs More Than College
By News Release @ 9:37 PM :: 5649 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Child care for a 4-year-old costs an average of $776 each month....

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Friday, April 22, 2016
What is Hurting Hawaii’s Investment Climate?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 5624 Views :: Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

“The main reason is a very cumbersome permitting process, in a way that prevents people from building housing quickly and at a low cost…."

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Friday, April 15, 2016
Honolulu Average Monthly Rent Jumps 7.28%
By News Release @ 6:45 PM :: 3179 Views :: Cost of Living

...the average monthly rent for single-family homes in Honolulu was $2,691....

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Thursday, April 14, 2016
Appleseed: Hawaii’s Poor Need a Tax Cut
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 5744 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living
“The State of Poverty in Hawai‘i: How Hawai‘i’s Residents Are Faring Post-Recovery.”
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Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Half of Hawai’i Residents Struggling “Paycheck to Paycheck”
By News Release @ 3:38 PM :: 4602 Views :: Tax Credits, Cost of Living

The poll results also show that Hawaiʻi residents are highly concerned about the state’s high cost of housing....

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Monday, March 21, 2016
Hawaii 12th Most Expensive State to Own a Car
By Selected News Articles @ 9:42 PM :: 5510 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the three-year cost of car ownership in Hawaii is $12,065 ....

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Saturday, February 20, 2016
Hawaii Gasoline Prices #1 in USA—$0.24 Higher Than California
By News Release @ 9:39 PM :: 5025 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The nation’s least expensive markets for gas are Oklahoma ($1.42), Missouri ($1.46) and Kansas ($1.47)....

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Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Renewable Energy: How the 100% Mandate Hurts Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:10 PM :: 4428 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Friday, February 26th, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm....

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Monday, January 18, 2016
Hawaii Residents Most Likely to be Living Paycheck to Paycheck
By News Release @ 5:11 PM :: 5233 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

That breakdown results in a paltry $186 of leftover income, or less than 7 percent of each paycheck — the only state in single digits....

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Thursday, January 14, 2016
Jones Act, LNG at Center of Puerto Rico Recovery Plan
By Michael Hansen @ 12:53 PM :: 5549 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

Cong Perluisi stated there “. . . . are eight constructive steps the federal government could take,” including the need to “update the Existing Jones Act LNG and LPG Exemption in Puerto Rico” ....

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Wednesday, January 13, 2016
DBEDT: Family of Four Requires $75K to live on Oahu
By News Release @ 3:20 AM :: 5166 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Statewide, about 18.5% of two-adult couples with no children and 45.5% of two-adult couples with two children had incomes below the self-sufficiency standard....

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Saturday, January 2, 2016
AAA Hawaii: Lower 2015 Gasoline Prices Save Drivers $400
By News Release @ 4:55 PM :: 4026 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Be sure to thank the frackers ....

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Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Bill to drop American Samoa flight fee reaches Senate
By Michael Hansen @ 1:13 PM :: 5408 Views :: National News, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Murkowski (R-AK) introduced a bill that would exclude intra-state air transportation within the U.S. Territory of American Samoa from federal aviation cabotage....

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Monday, December 28, 2015
Housing Cheaper to Rent than Buy -- only in Honolulu and Silicon Valley
By Selected News Articles @ 7:12 PM :: 6399 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Our rent vs. buy metric is especially tight for young prospective buyers....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii: 64% of your income for infant child care
By News Release @ 11:35 PM :: 4756 Views :: Education K-12, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, single parents with two children pay about 64% of their income for infant child care, nearly the same as married couple families at the poverty line with two children....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Gambling with our health in 2016
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:04 PM :: 4679 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...our monthly premium is going up over $200 – an increase of 34%. To be able to afford health insurance, we are downgrading our health care plan....

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Thursday, December 10, 2015
Hawaii Island Energy Cooperative would deliver transformation better, faster and cheaper
By News Release @ 1:14 AM :: 5688 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

Big Island customers could save as much as $113 million on the existing HELCO rate base and up to $234 million including investments to modernize the grid over a four-year period....

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Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Gauging Home Affordability: The Challenge
By UHERO @ 12:02 AM :: 3595 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

At a time of dwindling inventory and rising prices, housing affordability has once again become a hot topic in Hawaii....

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Tuesday, December 1, 2015
DBEDT: 47% of neighbor island homes sold to out-of-state residents
By News Release @ 1:04 AM :: 3684 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The “Residential Home Sales in Hawaii” report summarizes home sale activities in Hawaii recorded for the period from January 2008 to September 2015....

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Friday, November 13, 2015
‘Time of Use’ Rates to top out at $0.479 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 4424 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential time-of-use rates would be most beneficial for customers who are able to use more electricity during the middle of the day until 4 p.m....

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015
HECO: 'Time of Use' Rate Hike Coming
By News Release @ 10:04 PM :: 4565 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

A rate that is higher -- above the existing energy charge rate -- from 4 p.m. to midnight (on-peak hours)....

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Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Hawaii Most Expensive State to Raise a Family
By Selected News Articles @ 3:46 PM :: 4813 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Raising a family in the Aloha State comes at a high price....

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Sunday, November 8, 2015
Biofuel Shell Game: How Giant Diesel Plant Became part of Hawaii's 'Clean' Energy Future
By Andrew Walden @ 7:33 PM :: 7319 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

Here's the trick.  The 'second' biofuel plant will soon be the 'only' biofuel plant....

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Wednesday, November 4, 2015
The Unaffordable Care Act
By NCPA @ 1:02 PM :: 4448 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

As the sheen wears off of subsidized health coverage, and more Americans find they are paying hundreds per month for coverage that provides few benefits....

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Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Hawaii: Child Care Costs More than College Tuition
By Selected News Articles @ 4:37 AM :: 6256 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Small Business, Cost of Living

In Hawaii annual costs for 4-year-old care are equal to 55.8 percent of minimum-wage earnings....

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Friday, October 2, 2015
‘Smart Growth’ Drives up Housing Costs
By NCPA @ 1:14 PM :: 5827 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

A study reveals that urban containment, or smart growth policies, have been shown to drive the price of housing up....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
10 things Hawaii Can Do So That Everyone Gets Richer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:11 PM :: 4304 Views :: Homelessness, Cost of Living

There are two approaches to meeting the needs of the least advantaged in society....

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Monday, September 28, 2015
Electric Rates: Hawaii 90% Higher Than #2 State
By Selected News Articles @ 10:05 PM :: 5339 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...customers in deregulated states and areas can shop around for electric plans....

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Friday, September 18, 2015
'Smart Growth' Causes Hawaii Losses in Affordable Housing
By NCPA @ 5:57 PM :: 6302 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii, California, Oregon, Vermont, Florida and Washington, which adopted some type of restrictive land-use policy over the last 30 years, all experienced some of the largest losses, in terms of home affordability....

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Auto Theft, Fuel Cost, and Commute Time Make Hawaii one of Worst States for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:40 PM :: 4247 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Hawaii -- 262.4--Car thefts per 100,000 people -- Nat'l Avg 220.7

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Sunday, August 30, 2015
Hawaii is Worst State to Start Post-College Life
By News Release @ 5:46 PM :: 5389 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Higher Education, Cost of Living

...the combination of one of the country's most expensive housing markets and relatively low employment opportunities....

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Thursday, August 27, 2015
Forbes: Fracking Is Our Clean Power Plan
By NCPA @ 4:17 PM :: 5566 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

The U.S. already leads the world in carbon emissions reduction thanks to the increased use of natural gas obtained through fracking....

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Monday, August 24, 2015
Affordable Retirement? Honolulu Ranks 145th
By Selected News Articles @ 4:52 PM :: 4094 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The adjusted cost of living for retired persons in Honolulu is twice as high as it is in Laredo, Texas....

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Monday, August 10, 2015
Healthy, Affordable Retirement? Honolulu Ranks Near the Bottom
By News Release @ 6:35 PM :: 4943 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

Seattle is the best city in the United States for healthy retirement living, with Minneapolis-St. Paul, Denver, Portland (Oregon) and Hartford rounding out the top five....

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Thursday, August 6, 2015
HECO Uses Electric Vehicles to Introduce Time-of-Use Rates
By News Release @ 3:45 PM :: 4584 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...at home using electricity from the grid will be most expensive during peak electricity demand from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.....

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Tuesday, July 28, 2015
Honolulu 4th Most Expensive City for Singles
By Selected News Articles @ 10:06 AM :: 3902 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

For singles in Honolulu, the highest lifestyle-related costs are clothing and housing....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
Cities Americans are Leaving: Honolulu Ranks 4th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:55 PM :: 5028 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...and Detroit ranks 14th....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2015
Kids Count: One in Eight Children in Hawaii Live in Poverty
By News Release @ 5:08 PM :: 4559 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

“The high cost of living in Hawaii amplifies the hardship that many of our low-income and poor families face...."

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Monday, July 20, 2015
UHERO: Decoupling Socks Electric Ratepayers with Soaring Fixed Costs
By UHERO @ 9:18 PM :: 5640 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Residential customers now pay roughly $0.17/kWh for fixed costs....

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Wednesday, July 15, 2015
New FEMA Flood Insurance Maps Hit Hard --Kihei, Waikapu, Kaunakakai
By News Release @ 2:18 AM :: 3459 Views :: Cost of Living

These map changes, primarily for Kaunakakai and south shore areas of Molokai, and Kihei and Waikapu areas on Maui, will become effective on November 4, 2015....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Tax fairness bill signed into law
By News Release @ 7:32 PM :: 5454 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

On July 9, Governor Ige signed Senate Bill 555, which will increase the food/excise tax credit for the first time in nearly a decade....

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Monday, July 13, 2015
Consumer Energy Expenses--Hawaii Ranks 28th
By Selected News Articles @ 7:23 PM :: 4473 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The average monthly consumption of electricity per housing unit in Louisiana is triple that in Hawaii....

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Wednesday, July 8, 2015
Hawaii: $100 Worth only $86.06
By Selected News Articles @ 5:27 PM :: 4228 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Only in Washington DC is $100 more worthless....

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Monday, July 6, 2015
Honolulu Highest Cost of Living in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 PM :: 4679 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Across all metro areas, Urban Honolulu, Hawaii has the highest cost of living, while Danville, Illinois is the least expensive place to live in the country....

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Monday, July 6, 2015
Hawaii: Worst State to Make a Living 2015
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 PM :: 4365 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Why? Cost of living is the main issue....

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Thursday, July 2, 2015
Hawaii 100% Renewable Energy Mandate a Blank Check for Rate Hikes
By Selected News Articles @ 3:57 PM :: 7102 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

For example, the Aina Koa Pono project....

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Saturday, June 20, 2015
$418M 'Clean Energy' Tax Hike: Fewer flights and fewer visitors to Hawaii would be expected
By Andrew Walden @ 6:26 PM :: 9512 Views :: Energy, Environment, Tourism, Cost of Living

...it is OK that their plan would gut the tourism industry because it would also drive Hawaii's cost of living up to the point where residents could no longer afford to leave....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Hawaii Lowest Median Income for Families with Father Present
By Selected News Articles @ 9:37 PM :: 5201 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

The median income for families (dad present) with kids younger than 18 adjusted for cost of living is two times higher in the District of Columbia than in Hawaii....

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