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Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Hawaii: An Energy and Economic Analysis
By Selected News Articles @ 11:47 PM :: 4829 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Electricity demand in Hawaii is among the lowest in the country....

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Friday, June 21, 2013
Rep McDermott: Dep't of Health Obstructing VA Loans
By News Release @ 4:03 AM :: 4479 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

the policy statement on the DOH Website is causing the VA to balk at home loans and re-fi’s for thousands of homes with catchment systems....

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Wednesday, June 19, 2013
HECO Plans to Give Away Millions to Wind Scammers, Lock in Ultra-High Rates
By News Release @ 8:33 PM :: 3822 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Combined, the projects have committed to sell electricity to Hawaiian Electric at an average price of 15.9 cents per kilowatt-hour. This is ... the current cost of generating electricity from oil....

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Honolulu Tops USA: 9 years Income to Buy a Home
By Selected News Articles @ 2:37 PM :: 4415 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
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Monday, June 10, 2013
Thanks to Pensions, Hawaii Retiree Income Tops Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 9:21 PM :: 5357 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the prevalence of traditional pensions appears to be a major reason Hawaii leads our study in replacement income....

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Wednesday, June 5, 2013
Seniors in Poverty: Hawaii Ranks #3 in Nation
By News Release @ 2:53 AM :: 5958 Views :: Cost of Living

At least half of seniors have incomes below 200 percent of poverty in 10 states and DC based on the supplemental measure: DC (59%); California (56%); Hawaii (55%)....

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Chinatown Tenants: FACE does not Represent Us
By News Release @ 10:11 PM :: 4623 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

FACE continued claiming to represent residents through its support group OH-NO as late as the October 2012 Budget Cmte meeting, four months after the state administratively dissolved OH-NO....

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Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Quarter Pounder Index: Honolulu 10th Most Expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 2:24 PM :: 9506 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
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Thursday, April 11, 2013
SB987: $19K ‘Impact Fee’ for Water Meter
By Video @ 1:53 PM :: 5414 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

Requires the assessment of impact fees prior to issuance of a water meter ....

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Land Use: Making an Environment for Those With Means
By Robert Thomas @ 1:05 PM :: 9285 Views :: Environment, Development, Judiciary, Land Use, Cost of Living
...Others can live in Hong Kong-style apartments so I can enjoy my place in the country....
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Monday, April 1, 2013
Hawaii: Worst State to Make a Living
By Selected News Articles @ 1:25 PM :: 6567 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
...the highest cost of living of any state, and a relatively high state tax burden....
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Wednesday, March 27, 2013
NFIB to Lobby Against Minimum Wage Hike Today
By News Release @ 1:59 PM :: 6360 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living
Hawaii small-business owners will gather in Room 329 in the State Capitol, today, March 27, at 4 p.m. at about the same time the House Finance Committee takes up HB 331....
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Friday, March 22, 2013
Biofuel: Hawaiian Electric Agrees to Drop Rate Hike
By News Release @ 12:45 PM :: 5136 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...As part of the settlement, Hawaiian Electric Company agreed to write off $40 million in costs for two major projects: the 110-megawatt biofuel generating station at Campbell Industrial Park and the companies’ new customer information system.... 

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Out of Reach: Hawaii Most Expensive Housing in Nation
By Selected News Articles @ 8:36 PM :: 5150 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

In Hawaii, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $1,671.... 

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Tuesday, March 12, 2013
How Hawaii Minimum Wage Workers Earn $24.24 per hour
By Selected News Articles @ 4:34 PM :: 7997 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

The average wage when adding in tips for the front of the house is $24.24 per hour....

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Senate Ways and Means Rejects Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 7:58 PM :: 5878 Views :: Small Business, Taxes, Cost of Living

...we are one step closer to ensuring that the beverage tax is defeated for the third year in a row....

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Busting 5 Myths About the Minimum Wage
By Heritage Foundation @ 2:29 PM :: 4338 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

Do you think of teenagers flipping burgers? Or a single parent trying to feed several kids?

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Monday, March 4, 2013
How Liberals Live
By NCPA @ 1:20 PM :: 6254 Views :: Democratic Party, Land Use, Cost of Living

The Democratic Party has two reliable groups of adherents: the rich and the poor...Both groups have little use for the middle class....

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Sunday, March 3, 2013
Keep The Promise for Better Wages as Goal
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:42 AM :: 5598 Views :: Labor, Cost of Living

If the minimum wage does rise, where do our elected officials think businesses will get the money to pay the higher wages?

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Thursday, February 28, 2013
Gallup: Hawaii Again Tops Nation in Well-Being
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 PM :: 8631 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Labor, Cost of Living

Between 2011 and 2012 Hawaii jumped from 44th to 1st in “Work Environment” but fell from 4th to 14th  in “Basic Access"....

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Tuesday, February 26, 2013
UHERO: Minimum Wage Hike Unlikely to Help Working Poor
By News Release @ 2:15 AM :: 7165 Views :: Economy, Labor, Tourism, Cost of Living

...higher minimum wage is unlikely to accomplish the stated goal of raising the living standards of the working poor....

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Sunday, February 24, 2013
Just a Vicious Circle, Higher Minimum Wage, Higher Prices
By Lowell L Kalapa @ 5:27 AM :: 6805 Views :: Economy, Labor, Cost of Living

...look at the issue from an economic and financial well-being stand point instead of the emotional and social welfare perspective....

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Friday, February 22, 2013
Hawaii Foreclosure Relief: 1,468 Homeowners Get $158M Wiped off Books
By Selected News Articles @ 2:54 PM :: 4800 Views :: Cost of Living

The reduction in foreclosure sales helps sustain Hawaii sky high real estate prices, thus benefitting the large landowners' development schemes....

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Thursday, February 21, 2013
SB120: $3.5B Rate Hike and No Natural Gas for Hawaii
By Andrew Walden @ 9:44 PM :: 6808 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Ratepayers could be on the hook for as much as $3.5B of HECO's so-called "stranded costs" if SB120 becomes law....

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Tuesday, February 19, 2013
AARP Opposes Chained CPI as Threat to Veterans Benefits
By News Release @ 10:52 PM :: 6505 Views :: National News, Military, Cost of Living

AARP joins more than a dozen veterans’ groups in opposing adoption of the chained CPI, including the Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, Vietnam Veterans of America and Disabled American Veterans....

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Saturday, February 2, 2013
Minimum Wage Increase Could Put People Out of Work
By News Release @ 9:49 PM :: 5816 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

The House Minority Caucus urged caution today as two bills to increase the minimum wage to 120 percent its current level passed the Labor & Public Employment and Economic Development & Business committees....

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Tuesday, January 29, 2013
HECO to Pay H-Power 21 Cents Per KWH
By News Release @ 12:57 AM :: 7381 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

Comparison: Highest RETAIL electric rate on Mainland -- Connecticut at 19.5 cents per kwh

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Monday, January 28, 2013
Survey: Honolulu 3rd Least Affordable Housing on Earth
By Selected News Articles @ 1:08 PM :: 6560 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

Even in Honolulu, housing affordability has deteriorated markedly, with the Median Multiple rising 0.6 points in just the last year. Honolulu was less affordable than all but Hong Kong and Vancouver...

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Monday, January 21, 2013
Abercrombie Soda Tax: $1.28 per Gallon
By Selected News Articles @ 8:26 PM :: 6218 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

In 2011, he had attempted to pass a soda tax under the Orwellian title “Sugary Beverage Healthy Hawaii Fee,” but the state legislature saw through the obfuscating rhetoric and defeated it.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2013
New for 2013: Affordable Housing Costs More
By News Release @ 6:15 PM :: 6124 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

The information is key because it is used by developers to set affordable homes sales prices and rents....

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Friday, December 21, 2012
No Hawaii Beverage Tax
By News Release @ 5:45 PM :: 10427 Views :: National News, Taxes, Cost of Living

Our coalition has over 2,300 individual members, over 8,000 Facebook fans and more than 320 business members....

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Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Hawaii's Future: California Solar Power Adds $1.3B to Non-Users' Costs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:19 PM :: 5947 Views :: Energy, National News, Cost of Living

Pacific Gas & Electric, the state's biggest utility, will pass on about $700 million in annual costs to people without solar systems ....

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Friday, August 3, 2012
AKP Demands $1/month from Oahu, Big Isle Ratepayers
By News Release @ 3:37 PM :: 10416 Views :: Hawaii County , Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

...the estimated incremental cost spread among Hawaii Island and Oahu customers based on fuel price projections could be about 2/10th of one cent or from $0.84 to $1.00 per month for a residential bill of 500 to 600 kilowatt-hours....

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Abercrombie to Tesoro: Drop Dead
By Andrew Walden @ 3:09 AM :: 10719 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the Administration is doing what it can to promote closure—or discourage a buyer who does not meet the proper political criterion. Politically incorrect buyers can expect nothing but obstruction from the State....

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Sunday, December 25, 2011
Big Wind, Big Cable: To Stampede Legislature, HECO Trumpets High Rates
By Andrew Walden @ 6:31 PM :: 9326 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

HECO is attempting to stampede the Legislature into forking out even more money for Big Wind and the big undersea cables that go with it.

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Friday, September 30, 2011
$170/barrel? PUC Rejects AKP Biofuel Contract
By Henry Curtis @ 2:08 AM :: 10052 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...the commission finds and concludes that the contract price for the AKP-produced biofuel, which the HECO Companies chose to file and retain under confidential seal, is excessive....

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Sunday, August 14, 2011
Micronesians: “Its just better in Arkansas”
By Andrew Walden @ 11:10 PM :: 27505 Views :: National News, World News, Health Care, Cost of Living

Neil Abercrombie says Hawaii can’t afford Micronesians.

All four members of Hawaii’s Congressional delegation say Micronesians are “unsustainable.”

Arkansas disagrees.

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Friday, July 29, 2011
Djou: Honolulu Board of Water Supply is out of control
By Rep Charles Djou @ 7:24 PM :: 10918 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

Tomorrow, look for a new editorial in Pacific Business News on problems with fiscal responsibility in our government.

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Monday, October 4, 2010
Aiona Finnegan announce affordable housing plan (Full Text)
By News Release @ 5:04 PM :: 4841 Views :: Republican Party, Cost of Living

He will pursue public-private partnerships to reconstruct, upgrade and manage public housing. An Aiona-Finnegan Administration will also extend to public housing residents the successful Homeownership Assistance Program launched by the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands, which helps renters become successful homeowners.

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Thursday, August 7, 2008
Puna CDP: Eliminate affordable housing
By Andrew Walden @ 10:21 AM :: 6232 Views :: Hawaii County , Environment, Greenmail, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Puna is one of the very few places in Hawai`i where young local families can afford to buy their own home and begin life as a family.  But environmentalists are working hard to put a stop to the inflow of locals and replicate the success they have had in making Maui and Kaua`i into exclusive havens for rich mainland transplants.

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