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Thursday, March 11, 2021
 How 'Affordable' Housing rules often result in no homebuilding
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:04 AM :: 2168 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... A Maui bill to increase affordability requirements is the backdrop for a discussion on how current housing policy can be improved ....

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Saturday, February 27, 2021
ALOHA Homes: Unintended Consequences
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:17 PM :: 1761 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the ALOHA homes program as currently envisioned in SB1 likely would result in an expensive, non-sustainable government project that would fail ....

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Friday, February 26, 2021
Good intentions not a great foundation for building houses
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:22 PM :: 1659 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... Instead of creating more affordable homes, they reduce development and cause prices to go up ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
How Minimum Wage Worker Makes $72K
By News Release @ 3:35 PM :: 2007 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... in Full-Service Restaurants, most workers who earn minimum wage receive significantly more compensation in tips ....

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Monday, February 22, 2021
Hawaii: 4,619 residents moved out between 2018 and 2019
By Selected News Articles @ 1:22 PM :: 1689 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Where They Moved To: California, Texas and Washington ....

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Tuesday, February 9, 2021
Four Bills to Make Housing More Affordable
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:06 AM :: 1572 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... lift zoning restrictions that hamper creative solutions to the lack of affordable housing ....

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Thursday, January 28, 2021
Labor unions push lawmakers to drop GET on groceries
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 2259 Views :: Labor, Taxes, Cost of Living

... ILWU, Teamsters, IATSE, UFCW ....

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Saturday, January 23, 2021
Rental Market: Troubling Signs Remain As State Prepares for an Uncertain 2021
By UHERO @ 12:54 AM :: 2059 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... UHERO second quarterly survey of rental property owners and managers ....

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Friday, January 22, 2021
Hawaii Ranked 'Worst State to Drive in'
By Selected News Articles @ 11:07 PM :: 1855 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... gas prices to rush-hour traffic congestion to road quality ....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Honolulu #1 -- Most Unaffordable Home Ownership in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 1455 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu is the only city where mortgages have taken up more than 40% of homeowners’ incomes in 2010, as well as in 2015 and 2020 ....

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Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Hawaii Best-paying States for Nurses--But Still 8th Worst Housing Hours Worked
By Selected News Articles @ 11:30 AM :: 1751 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 33 Hours worked to afford median rent for nurses -- Hawaii ranks 43rd ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii Cost of Living Nearly Double US Average
By News Release @ 7:15 PM :: 2837 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii Cost of Living Index is 196.3--the US Average is 100 ....

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Monday, January 18, 2021
Hawaii: Lifetime Cost of Smoking $2.9M
By Selected News Articles @ 2:53 AM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... potential monetary losses — including both the lifetime and annual cost of a cigarette pack per day, health care expenditures, income losses and other costs .... 

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Sunday, January 17, 2021
Barreling Toward a Tax Hike!
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 2296 Views :: Energy, Hawaii State Government, Taxes, Cost of Living

... “the carbon tax” is most likely the “barrel tax” ....

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
Which Hawaii Towns Have Worst Credit Card Debt?
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 1986 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 8 of 16 Hawaii towns are among the worst 10% credit card debtors in USA ....

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Thursday, December 24, 2020
Rate Hikes Coming: PUC Approves New Battery Incentive Scheme for HECO
By News Release @ 9:07 PM :: 1915 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... Ratepayer money will be shoveled to Elon Musk to buy batteries ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
Report: Oahu affordable housing shortage worsened in FY 2019
By News Release @ 11:52 PM :: 1587 Views :: Honolulu County, Land Use, Cost of Living

... DPP has released its Annual Report on the status of land use on O‘ahu for fiscal year ending 2019 ....

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020
DHHL Receives Approval for Pilot Down Payment Program
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 1419 Views :: DHHL, Cost of Living

... an initiative that will provide applicants on the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands (DHHL) Waiting List with down payment assistance for a fee-simple residential purchase off Hawaiian Home Lands on Oʻahu ....

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Wednesday, December 2, 2020
Long Term Care: Hawaii Costs Soaring Faster
By News Release @ 2:35 PM :: 1737 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Increase in Long Term Care Costs in Hawaii Surpass National Trends; COVID-19 Pressures Future Costs ....

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Saturday, November 21, 2020
UHERO: Ratepayers Pay $1.15 More for Every $1.00 Saved by Solar Users
By UHERO @ 9:26 PM :: 1989 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...for every dollar the University saves with on-campus (solar) investments, other customers will pay $1.15 more -- UHERO.....

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Wednesday, November 18, 2020
47% of Hawaii adults live with roommates
By News Release @ 11:39 AM :: 2999 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...in Urban Honolulu it is 48.1% ....

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Saturday, November 14, 2020
Hawaii is the Most Expensive State in America
By Selected News Articles @ 8:29 PM :: 1942 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... groceries +69.3%, transportation +46.6%, utilities +99.4% ....

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Saturday, October 10, 2020
How to stop the exodus
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:04 AM :: 2214 Views :: Economy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...Hawaii’s negative migration of the past several years in a row is going to accelerate....

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020
The Affordable Housing Scam
By Selected News Articles @ 4:00 AM :: 3067 Views :: Ethics, Development, Cost of Living

...well-connected people often found their way to the tops of housing waiting lists while the names of people who really needed affordable housing disappeared....

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Friday, October 2, 2020
Rein in this red-tape rascal
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:02 PM :: 1937 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...When your state lacks sufficient housing, the last thing you should do is make building a difficult, risky and lengthy process. But that’s exactly what Hawaii has done....

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Tuesday, September 29, 2020
More Housing Hawaii Residents Can Afford
By Video @ 4:09 AM :: 1703 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s residents need more housing that they can afford. And one of the simplest ways to provide it would be to reform a mysterious organization called the Land Use Commission....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Hawaii Medicare Advantage Premium Drops 10.3% for 2021
By News Release @ 11:55 PM :: 1696 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...The average monthly Medicare Advantage premium changed from $63.86 in 2020 to $57.28 in 2021. This represents a -10.30 percent change in average premium....

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Friday, September 25, 2020
Reform state LUC to encourage more housing, new report says
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:50 AM :: 1551 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...The state Land Use Commission has strayed from its core mission, leading to fewer homes and higher home prices for Hawaii residents....

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Tuesday, September 22, 2020
City Drops $10.5M for 29 Units that were already affordable
By News Release @ 11:43 PM :: 2263 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...This purchase adds ZERO new affordable units because these units were already affordable in the private sector....

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Wednesday, September 16, 2020
HECO Releases info on Solar Battery Projects -- Prices Vary by 46%
By News Release @ 8:24 PM :: 1752 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Oahu projects run as high as $0.13 pkwh even as competitors offer $0.089 pkwh ....

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Honolulu 4th Most Expensive Metro Area in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 9:07 PM :: 2882 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...but the Big Island is much more affordable....

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Friday, August 7, 2020
$100 Worth Only $84.67 in Hawaii
By Tax Foundation @ 4:21 AM :: 2131 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...What is the Real Value of $100 in Your State?....

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020
HECO to Begin Cutting off Service Sept 1
By News Release @ 2:20 AM :: 2115 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...Disconnection notices and disconnections for nonpayment will resume after Sept. 1. Late fees resume after Sept. 15....

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Wednesday, July 22, 2020
Shipping industry study claims Jones Act benefits Hawaii economy ... yes, really
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2202 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...A new study that allegedly shows the Jones Act has no “negative impact” on the cost of living in Hawaii actually shows the opposite, according to the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii....

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020
COVID: UH Activists Dream of Exploiting Housing Crisis
By News Release @ 4:57 PM :: 1768 Views :: Greenmail, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... the Supply-Demand Connection They Won’t Talk About at UH: Hawaii’s artificial restriction of land supply has profited KSBE, A&B and other major landowners by making housing unaffordable for middle class and working class families.  Greenmail protests and litigation by OHA, sovereignty activists and enviro groups shapes the land-use environment and drives young families out of Hawaii ....

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Thursday, July 16, 2020
Hawaii Highest Market Rent for 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 4:51 AM :: 1758 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...In Hawaii, the Fair Market Rent (FMR) for a two-bedroom apartment is $2,015—the highest in USA....

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Tuesday, July 14, 2020
Hawaii: Highest Energy Costs, Lowest Energy Consumption
By Selected News Articles @ 11:05 PM :: 2196 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2020’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States....

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Friday, July 3, 2020
Can the current YB management actually control costs?
By Michael Hansen @ 11:55 PM :: 2168 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living

...The HPUC perceives the underlying problem as YB management’s inability to control costs and operate an effective service....

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Thursday, June 4, 2020
Land Use: Disparate Impact
By Selected News Articles @ 11:38 PM :: 1788 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...the Trump administration has since revised the rule, making it more difficult to challenge land-use rules that make housing more expensive....

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Friday, May 29, 2020
Thanks to Cheap Oil, HECO Forced to Abandon $77M Rate Hike
By News Release @ 5:46 AM :: 2077 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...Oil is so cheap that HECO should be forced to CUT rates.  This is the consolation prize....

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Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Debunked: YB Demands $25M COVID Relief on Top of Rate Hike
By News Release @ 4:26 AM :: 4246 Views :: Jones Act, Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... YB is absorbing operating costs for Saltchuck's unregulated services.  This is a standard accounting trick for companies that are partly regulated and partly unregulated ....

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Monday, April 20, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Work at Home
By Selected News Articles @ 6:48 PM :: 2199 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living, COVID-19

"...We also considered factors like how large and how crowded homes are in the state...."

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Thursday, April 2, 2020
OHA urges Governor to increase relief for renters
By News Release @ 10:00 AM :: 2135 Views :: Economy, OHA, Cost of Living, COVID-19

...urging the adoption of additional policies to close critical gaps left by the new federal moratorium on evictions and the state’s recent emergency orders....

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Thursday, March 12, 2020
Hawaii Cost of Living 92% Above US Average
By News Release @ 9:55 PM :: 2765 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii housing costs are 329% of US average....

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020
Credit Card Debt: Ewa Beach #1 in USA
By News Release @ 1:25 AM :: 2431 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Ewa Beach has the highest credit card debt in the USA at $29,658 per household.  Waipahu is 10th at $25,258....

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Thursday, March 5, 2020
Senate passes bill to establish a carbon tax on fossil fuels
By News Release @ 5:35 PM :: 2811 Views :: Environment, Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...Carbon Tax to become $15B Slush Fund for Developers....

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Tuesday, March 3, 2020
Hawaii is 8th-Richest State--But you'll never see any of it
By News Release @ 2:29 AM :: 3390 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is the 8th-richest state but has the 5th-lowest per capita income in USA....

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Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Quality of Life? Residents Say Honolulu Ranks 391st
By News Release @ 10:01 AM :: 3251 Views :: Honolulu County, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... 1 in 4 Honolulu residents say they plan to be gone by 2025 ....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Honolulu 18th -- Hardest Working Cities in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 7:30 PM :: 1844 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Multiple jobs. Doubling up. Hawaii adults say they’re doing it all and still struggling....

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Monday, February 24, 2020
Raise Minimum Wage? What Hawaii Can Learn from Seattle
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:00 AM :: 3104 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...An expert on Seattle's experience will address 2 Hawaii events....

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