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Wednesday, January 25, 2023
​There’s still time to counter higher property taxes
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:00 PM :: 230 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

“They should look for ways to make government cost less and run more efficiently and operate on a leaner budget."

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Could this be a good year at the Hawaii Legislature?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:54 PM :: 261 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Small Business, Cost of Living

... we have high hopes for a few ideas that could make a real difference for our state ....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2023
Hawaii ranked as most expensive state to buy eggs
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 357 Views :: Agriculture, Small Business, Cost of Living

... the average cost for a dozen eggs in Hawaii is about $9.73. That's 51% higher than a year earlier and 53% higher than #2 Florida ....

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Saturday, January 21, 2023
Hawaii #1 for multigenerational households
By Selected News Articles @ 6:57 PM :: 388 Views :: Family, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Areas with high living costs, large immigrant populations, and housing shortages are abundant with multigenerational homes ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
​Slashing tax rates best way to offset higher property assessments
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:10 PM :: 399 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Residential A properties went up 39.9% ....

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Thursday, January 19, 2023
Corruption at every level: Why I left Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:47 PM :: 3487 Views :: Ethics, Cost of Living, COVID-19

... To this day, I still wonder where the $58 million that was earmarked for testing and tracing went or whose pockets it lined ....

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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 358 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... 156 bills are on the current docket to be introduced in the House of Representatives and Senate ....

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Tuesday, January 17, 2023
The COVID Emergency Lives on in Food Stamps
By News Release @ 11:00 AM :: 441 Views :: Cost of Living, COVID-19

... Governor Josh Green, M.D. signed a sixth emergency proclamation to extend federal funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) emergency allotment benefits, in keeping with ongoing federal COVID relief efforts ....

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Monday, January 16, 2023
Hawaii Worst State to Drive In
By Selected News Articles @ 9:18 PM :: 501 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... high gas prices, rush-hour traffic congestion and poor road quality ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
​How to avert the looming property tax crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:10 PM :: 748 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population has been declining for six straight years, and if policymakers don’t do something quickly to avert the looming increase in county property taxes, that is likely to continue ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Hawaii Smoking Costs $3.5M Over Lifetime
By Selected News Articles @ 9:16 PM :: 498 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... 6th highest in USA ....

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Sunday, January 15, 2023
Searching for a Side Job? In Hawaii you've got lots of company
By Selected News Articles @ 9:02 PM :: 497 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... According to recent data, searches for side jobs have seen an increase of 49.89%, with Hawaii ranking sixth among the states ....

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Friday, January 13, 2023
GE Tax: Audit Shows Tourists Pay 14.1%--not 30%
By Andrew Walden @ 5:21 AM :: 9711 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism, Cost of Living

...The lie that tourists pay 30% of the GE Tax is front and center as Gov Green and legislators quickly walk back Green’s fake 2022 campaign promise to eliminate the GE Tax from food and medical care....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2023
2022: Hawaii Had Largest Increase in Energy Costs
By News Release @ 4:14 AM :: 731 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents paid on average $210.26 a month up by $38.08 ....

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Sunday, January 8, 2023
Akina recaps victories, disappointments of 2022; is optimistic about 2023
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:31 PM :: 688 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii’s “wins” over the past year ....

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Saturday, January 7, 2023
Most Expensive US Cities -- Honolulu 5th
By Selected News Articles @ 6:19 PM :: 849 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... and that doesn’t account for state tax rates, which are among the highest in the nation ....

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Saturday, January 7, 2023
Hawaii Most Expensive Pizza in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:32 AM :: 964 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The Price of Pizza Hut and Domino’s in Every Country and State ....

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Thursday, January 5, 2023
Time to Reform Property Taxes: High Home Values Prompt Calls for Relief  
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:16 PM :: 763 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Akina and Iwasa discuss the history of property taxes in Hawaii, how assessments are conducted and what reforms the counties should consider ....

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Tuesday, January 3, 2023
Taxes, housing drive people from Hawaii, policy group says
By Selected News Articles @ 8:25 PM :: 1073 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... more than 15,000 left the state between July 2021 and July 2022 ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
The trend continues: Hawaii's population declines — again
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:14 PM :: 1084 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii’s population dropped by almost 7,000 people, or 0.5%, between July 2021 and July 2022 ....

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Friday, December 30, 2022
KIUC Seeks 9.42% Electric Rate Hike
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 759 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... The rate increase is subject to approval by the PUC and any increase is not expected to impact member bills until the second half of 2023 ....

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Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Hawaii Joins Bipartisan group of 37 AGs urging stronger protections for airline customers
By Selected News Articles @ 1:40 PM :: 755 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... The attorneys general warned about possible abuse of a proposed rule requiring refunds when there’s a significant change in flight itinerary ....

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Monday, December 19, 2022
​Counties should not profit from Hawaii's housing crisis
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:00 AM :: 959 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... assessments of all real property on Oahu went up by 12.4% compared with the previous year. And that’s just the average ....

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Sunday, December 18, 2022
Hawaii: Burn Thru $1M Retirement Fund in 10 Years
By Selected News Articles @ 11:00 AM :: 1212 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... retirees can expect to burn money fastest in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022
2023 Real Property Assessments up 12.4%
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 1237 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... City to Send 2023 Real Property Notice of Assessments ....

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Sunday, November 20, 2022
​It's a perfect time to cut taxes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:13 AM :: 775 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... many Hawaii families are taking a hard look at their finances and calculating how inflation and recession will affect their holiday plans, if not their entire economic futures ....

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Tuesday, November 15, 2022
Fitch: Public Employee Pay Hikes, Higher Interest Rates Will Push Hawaii Liabilities Higher
By News Release @ 4:48 PM :: 789 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

"...higher inflation will pressure pension liabilities via rising employee wages, which raise projected benefits, and automatic cost of living adjustment mechanisms...."

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Monday, November 7, 2022
'By-right' approvals could lower cost of housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:42 AM :: 760 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... by-right approval for affordable housing projects would streamline the process for homebuilders and potentially yield big savings ....

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Wednesday, November 2, 2022
Housing for Hawaii's Future
By Samuel Wilder King II @ 5:38 PM :: 624 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

 ... Wednesday from 3:30pm to 5:00pm on Zoom, a panel discussion on housing in Hawaii with three Hawaii housing legends ....

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Sunday, October 30, 2022
Public meetings for proposed tuition increase in 2025, 2026
By News Release @ 3:22 AM :: 676 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

... a 2% increase in resident tuition rates at the three UH universities in AY 2025–26 and a 2% increase in AY 2026–27 ....

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Tuesday, October 25, 2022
Hawaii’s biggest barrier to more housing is politics
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:27 PM :: 1101 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... The result is exactly what we have in Hawaii: a lot of talk about lowering the cost of housing, but very little effective reform ....

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Saturday, October 22, 2022
Maui Bill 107 Orders Developers to Reduce Price 20%
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:57 PM :: 893 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new ordinance is likely to do more harm than good by discouraging more homebuilding ....

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Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Maui Bill 107 to change affordable housing guidelines
By News Release @ 7:57 PM :: 858 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

... the new sales price calculations will reduce the cost of affordable homes by an average of 22% ....

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Tuesday, October 18, 2022
Do the right thing for Maui housing, not just ‘something’
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 7:29 PM :: 824 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...First, do no harm....”

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Housing Crisis: Data Beats Anecdotes
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 9:51 PM :: 852 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...Are out-of-state buyers, especially foreigners, really driving Hawaii’s high home prices?....”

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Sunday, October 16, 2022
Honolulu Among Worst Cities to Drive In
By Selected News Articles @ 9:35 PM :: 762 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu ranks 90th of 100 cities ....

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Thursday, October 13, 2022
​Jones Act is a problem, especially during disasters
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:21 PM :: 790 Views :: Energy, Jones Act, Cost of Living

... the Jones Act recently hindered Puerto Rico’s ability to receive supplies quickly after being hit by yet another hurricane; and the 102-year-old shipping law also threatens to skyrocket energy costs ....

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Wednesday, October 12, 2022
Why I Left Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:15 PM :: 2052 Views :: Cost of Living

... nearly half of my cousins had already left ....

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022
How Do Taxes Affect Interstate Migration?
By Tax Foundation @ 7:37 PM :: 1024 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... four of the top five states Hawaii residents moved to—Washington, Texas, Nevada, and Florida—forgo individual income taxes on wage income ....

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Saturday, October 8, 2022
Putting a human face on Hawaii's doctor shortage
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 10:31 PM :: 1852 Views :: Health Care, Taxes, Cost of Living

... they told me, ‘Send this person to Costco’ ....

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Saturday, October 8, 2022
​Hawaii gas prices hold steady but remain among the highest in the nation
By Selected News Articles @ 5:48 PM :: 779 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... The cost for a regular unleaded gallon of gas was $5.22 on Wednesday, the same as Tuesday's price, according to AAA ....

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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Hawaii 2nd Highest Benefit from Food Stamps
By Selected News Articles @ 10:27 PM :: 918 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... only Alaska pays more ....

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Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Confirmation bias in the pros and cons of minimum-wage studies
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:34 AM :: 1025 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... Video of presentation at Hawaii Pacific University ....

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Saturday, October 1, 2022
Rising costs, construction woes hamper clean energy efforts in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 4:51 PM :: 856 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... obstacles in the path toward statewide elimination of fossil fuels ....

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Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Getting by with a little help from our friends
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:43 AM :: 872 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Grassroot Institute of Hawaii is working with experts around the country to create a better Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
More homebuilding needed to solve Hawaii housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:10 PM :: 939 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the primary causes of Hawaii's high housing prices are extensive land-use, zoning and other homebuilding-related regulations ....

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
12,603 Hawaii residents left last year
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:42 PM :: 1375 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents are leaving the state in droves because the cost of living is too high .... 

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Sunday, September 25, 2022
Our Kids Are Going Away
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1006 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Not considering charter schools, enrollment dropped from 168,152 in 2018-19 to 156,518 in 2022-23, and it is projected to decrease further to 148,096 by 2027-28 ....

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Saturday, September 17, 2022
Fed up with High Gas Prices and Slow Amazon Deliveries? Blame These 2 Century‐​Old Laws That Need to Be Repealed.
By Cato Foundation @ 9:12 PM :: 1429 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... To avoid higher costs, many companies are forced to turn to imports ....

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Friday, September 16, 2022
​Maui housing bill seriously flawed in July, and even more so now
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:13 PM :: 1235 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... An amendment seeks to subsidize homebuyers, leaving open whom would qualify and how much taxpayers would be in for ....

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