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Saturday, February 22, 2020
$13 Minimum Wage Passes Another Committee
By News Release @ 2:11 AM :: 2339 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...HB 2541 HD1 would make the state earned income tax credit refundable and permanent, and increase the refundable food/excise tax credit. In addition, the bill would increase the minimum wage....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Public Invited to Testify on 233% Bus Fare Hike
By News Release @ 4:02 AM :: 2926 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Cost of Living

...Railroaded: City proposes Mind-Blowing 233% increase in bus fares....

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Friday, February 21, 2020
Gap Between Buying & Renting Narrows on Big Island
By Selected News Articles @ 2:31 AM :: 3061 Views :: Hawaii County , Maui County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii County's median listing price decreased by 10%....

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Wednesday, February 19, 2020
Animal Activists Pressure Young Brothers to Strangle Cattle Industry
By News Release @ 9:57 PM :: 2677 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

...said state Sen. Mike Gabbard (D-Kapolei-Makakilo), who introduced the measure, “This is the right thing to do!”....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Hawaii one of the top 10 population losers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:48 PM :: 2015 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Population lost: -7,047 -- Population decrease: -0.50%....

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Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Who’s to blame for high housing costs? It’s more complicated than you think.
By Selected News Articles @ 8:37 PM :: 3096 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Public debate falls into two schools of thought as to why housing costs are so high....

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Sunday, February 16, 2020
The Flippin’ Surcharge and Other Housing Solutions
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2476 Views :: Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This year’s Legislature has produced some unique proposed solutions to deal with our housing crisis....

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Saturday, February 15, 2020
Hawaii Carbon Tax Would Be a Big Burden for Families and Businesses
By Selected News Articles @ 3:15 AM :: 2889 Views :: Environment, Taxes, Cost of Living

...the tax on gasoline would begin at $8.22 per barrel in 2021 and top out at $23.16 per barrel in 2030....

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Friday, February 14, 2020
SB3104: OHA to be Given Free 'Affordable' Housing Units?
By News Release @ 6:05 PM :: 2574 Views :: DHHL, OHA, Cost of Living

...HHFDC to decide how many units go to OHA and/or DHHL.... 

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Friday, February 14, 2020
Five little words could solve Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:06 PM :: 2730 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...More mandates and government red tape won’t build houses....

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Friday, February 7, 2020
Free Golf, Methamphetamines, and Building Permits
By Andrew Walden @ 12:00 PM :: 9711 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Development, Small Business, Cost of Living

...These are the kind of people who make Hawaii what it is today....

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Thursday, February 6, 2020
DoE Funds HSTA Pay Hike Propaganda 'Study'
By News Release @ 2:27 PM :: 2274 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...The study was done by Augenblick, Palaich and Associates (APA), which (previously demonstrated its reliability by conducting) a salary study in 2014 for HIDOE and the Hawaii State Teachers Association....

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Report: Hawaii seniors have highest poverty rate in the US
By Selected News Articles @ 9:49 PM :: 2177 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Personalized Elder Index -- How Much do you need to live in your community in Hawaii?....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
Need $2.3M to Retire in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 10:16 PM :: 3626 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the state in which you live can play a big role in how early you can retire....

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Monday, February 3, 2020
​Can changing a federal maritime law help lower Hawaii's cost of living? U.S. Rep. Ed Case thinks so
By Michael Hansen @ 9:57 PM :: 2507 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...a big reason why construction budgets are about 25% higher than the rest of the country....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Honolulu 79th Worst Metro Areas for STEM Professionals
By Selected News Articles @ 8:56 PM :: 2632 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Cost of Living

...STEM workers are in fierce demand and Honolulu is just not competitive....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii Most Expensive State for Car Owners
By Selected News Articles @ 8:41 PM :: 2434 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

...‘Cost of Ownership & Maintenance’ highest in USA....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Stop Taxing Healthcare
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2326 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...how do we attract more doctors to Hawaii — and keep the ones we still have?....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
Hawaii’s housing crisis, in 63 seconds
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:35 PM :: 2058 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

...no land shortage....

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Friday, January 31, 2020
HB1884: Right to Repair
By News Release @ 4:19 PM :: 2058 Views :: Small Business, Cost of Living

...Manufacturers of everything from tablets to toasters to tractors make it too difficult and too expensive to repair their products when they break....

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Thursday, January 30, 2020
Hawaii GE Tax adds $222M to healthcare costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:17 AM :: 2795 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Exempting medical services would help patients and stem the doctor shortage....

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Wednesday, January 29, 2020
Hawaii: 69% Struggle Financially
By News Release @ 3:12 PM :: 2183 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The Hawaii Financial Health Pulse provides a new, in-depth view of the financial struggles faced by people in Hawaii....

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Monday, January 27, 2020
Hawaii: Weddings Cost More Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 2757 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Small Business, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Couples in Hawaii spent $37,827 in 2018....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Full Text: DBEDT Releases Housing Planning Study
By News Release @ 11:29 PM :: 2425 Views :: Development, Economy, Cost of Living

...Included in the study are data on housing supply, demand, and estimates of housing units needed by levels of affordability....

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Saturday, January 25, 2020
Eight Bills Behind 'Joint Economic Package'
By News Release @ 2:13 AM :: 2353 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...Measures tackle housing, childcare, wage issues highlighted in ALICE report....

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Friday, January 24, 2020
State of the State: Right diagnosis, wrong prescription
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:56 PM :: 2132 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...What ails Hawaii is too much government and too much spending. The last thing we need is more of the same....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Cost of Living: Hawaii Per Capita Income 4th-Lowest in USA
By UHERO @ 8:07 PM :: 2240 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...after adjusting for Hawaii’s high prices, the purchasing power of income per person was the fourth lowest in the nation....

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Tuesday, January 21, 2020
Full Text: State of the State Address
By News Release @ 4:51 PM :: 1784 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...the elephant in the room—the cost of living—got a little larger and harder to deal with each year....

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Friday, January 17, 2020
Hawaii Cost of Smoking $2.2M per Smoker
By Selected News Articles @ 3:00 AM :: 2163 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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Thursday, January 16, 2020
DBEDT: Family of 4 Needs $80K for a frugal lifestyle--But only $67K on Big Island
By News Release @ 5:17 AM :: 2725 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii County had the lowest self-sufficiency income requirements among all counties....

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Sunday, January 12, 2020
What Really Is a Minimum Wage?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2762 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

...the reasons for an ever-increasing “living wage” have been a second tier topic of discussion....

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Thursday, January 9, 2020
In Hawaii $100 Buys Only $84 Worth of Goods
By Video @ 6:30 PM :: 1917 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...video takes on Hawaii's high cost of living, with some quick examples, then some suggestions advising how to help fix it....

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Saturday, January 4, 2020
Hawaii 2nd-Worst State for Retirement
By Selected News Articles @ 2:06 AM :: 3282 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Tourism, Cost of Living

...ultimately, it comes down to how far do those retirement dollars go....

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Friday, January 3, 2020
Electric Rates Going Down: HECO, PGV Agree to Dump 'Avoided Cost' Scam
By News Release @ 12:37 PM :: 2869 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

...For years PGV had been paid on an 'avoided cost' basis, thus preventing consumers from enjoying the benefit of cheap geothermal energy.  This, in turn, makes overpriced wind and solar look good....

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Friday, January 3, 2020
How to Stop the Exodus
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:48 AM :: 2372 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...reject the idea that the “price of paradise” must inevitably be unreasonable....

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Thursday, January 2, 2020
Akina article in Wall Street Journal strikes a nerve
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:25 PM :: 3141 Views :: Cost of Living

...a commentary by Keli'i Akina published this past weekend by The Wall Street Journal generated hundreds of comments and was even picked up by the Drudge Report....

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Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Exodus from Hawaii continued in fiscal 2019 
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:48 AM :: 2414 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The Grassroot Institute of Hawaii cites Hawaii's cost of living and lack of opportunities....

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Monday, December 30, 2019
DBEDT: Hawaii Losing 13,200 Civilians Per Year
By News Release @ 12:59 PM :: 2442 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The young adult and prime-working age population in ages 18-34 was the largest age group among migrants....

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Saturday, December 28, 2019
WSJ: Aloha Increasingly Means Goodbye Thanks to High Taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:29 PM :: 4529 Views :: Jones Act, Land Use, Taxes, Cost of Living

...With an 11% top rate, many Hawaii residents are looking for two tickets out of paradise....

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Monday, December 23, 2019
Honolulu 3rd Most Expensive Homes Per Square Foot
By Selected News Articles @ 6:10 PM :: 2902 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Honolulu, HI – Ownership Cost per square foot -- $684.31....

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Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ninety-One Hours in a Work Week?
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:00 AM :: 2177 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s cost of living was 201.3 percent of, or double, the national average, with the primary problem being housing costs that punched in at a staggering 347.1 percent of the national average. Our grocery costs were at 160.8, utilities at 185.2, transportation at 135.7, and health care at 120.3 percent of the national average respectively....

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Saturday, December 21, 2019
UHERO: Hawaii economy enters soft patch
By UHERO @ 1:00 AM :: 2440 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The state’s population has been declining for the past three years, in part because of outward migration....

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Friday, December 20, 2019
Ed Case Introduces Three Jones Act Reform Bills
By Ed Case @ 4:26 PM :: 3521 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Jones Act, Cost of Living

...“My three bills aim directly at one of the key drivers of our astronomically high cost of living in Hawai‘i and other locations in our country that are not part of the continental U.S,” said Case....

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Monday, December 9, 2019
$100K Retirement Fund? In Hawaii it will be gone in 14 months
By Selected News Articles @ 3:20 PM :: 2469 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii residents pay over $20,000 more per year than the second-most expensive state, California....

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Friday, December 6, 2019
Liberate Hawaii Homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:28 PM :: 2846 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...smaller steps that could lead to big results....

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Thursday, December 5, 2019
Hawaii: 91 Hour Work Week to Live Comfortably
By Selected News Articles @ 5:58 PM :: 2729 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is the single most difficult state for workers to get ahead, requiring $96.1K to enjoy a comfortable life and 91-hour workweeks to get there....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Cost of Care Survey 2019: Most Long Term Care Costs In Hawaii Decrease
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 2404 Views :: Health Care, Cost of Living

...Annual Median Cost of Long Term Care Support Services for Hawaii....

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Thursday, November 21, 2019
Hawaii: 22.3% of Movers Leaving State
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 AM :: 3546 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2nd-highest in the USA....

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Sunday, November 17, 2019
$136K to live 'comfortably' in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 2:36 PM :: 2370 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii Median household income in 2018: $80,212....

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019
Hawaii Counties Among Least Affordable Places for Renters
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 AM :: 2344 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...We ranked 827 counties by the ratio of rent-to-income....

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