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Tuesday, September 25, 2018
BWS to Subsidize Affordable Housing
By News Release @ 4:23 AM :: 69 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

...The Board of Water Supply will have the ability to waive the water systems facilities charges and new meter cost for qualified on-site affordable and homeless dwelling units, up to 500 dwelling units per year....

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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Green Energy Mandates a Tax on Poor People
By Selected News Articles @ 3:14 PM :: 405 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

...Hawaii’s governor signed a 100 percent mandate in 2015, making it the first state in the country to require its entire energy mix to originate from renewables. California passed a similar bill in August....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Debt is the No. 1 source of financial stress in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 586 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the average debt in Hawaii is a whopping $869,250....

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Friday, September 14, 2018
Council Passes Bill 53--Calls for Demolition of Affordable Housing 'Monsters'
By Councilmember Kymberly Marcos Pine @ 2:43 PM :: 772 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...Finally politicians are doing something about affordable housing--they're demolishing it....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Unaffordable Housing? Self-Fulfilling Prophecy
By Selected News Articles @ 11:53 PM :: 535 Views :: Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

...in 1969 the only places in America where housing cost more than three times incomes were Hawaii and Stamford, Connecticut. I don’t know why Stamford was on the list, but Hawaii had passed legislation strictly regulating where people could build homes in 1961....

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Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Constitutional Amendment: Support for Public Education or Misguided Public Policy?
By Video @ 3:02 AM :: 702 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

...Stanley Lau who is the chair of the Affordable Coalition PAC which was formed to oppose the passage in the upcoming General Election of a constitutional amendment authorizing the State to tax investment property....

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Thursday, September 06, 2018
Hawaii: Lowest Level of Food Insecurity in USA
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 660 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Estimated prevalence rates of food insecurity during this 3-year period ranged from 7.4 percent in Hawaii to 17.9 percent in New Mexico; estimated prevalence rates of very low food security ranged from 2.9 percent in Hawaii to 7.1 percent in Alabama and Louisiana....

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Thursday, August 30, 2018
Maui Event: Build up or build out?
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:50 PM :: 1127 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...opening up more land for housing should also be on the table, if policy makers want to ease pressure on the housing market....

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Wednesday, August 29, 2018
UH Manoa Pushing to Double Parking Rates--Uses Biki as Excuse
By News Release @ 2:08 AM :: 1238 Views :: Higher Education, Cost of Living

...The administration plans to take the rate increase to the UH Board of Regents (BOR) as soon as it can be scheduled....

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Sunday, August 26, 2018
Raising Taxes Means Decreasing Prices?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 725 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

...Maybe it’s just a question of semantics....

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Thursday, August 23, 2018
Honolulu: $100 Worth Only $80.40
By Tax Foundation @ 10:08 PM :: 718 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...In 4th place Honolulu $100 is worth only $80.40, in Maui County, $93.90, but in the rest of Hawaii—Big Island + Kauai--$100 is worth $98.33....

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Friday, August 17, 2018
How to get more for our money
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:57 PM :: 697 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...The real value of $100 in Hawaii is $84.46. That’s less than it was in 2016, when the real value was $85.62....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Hawaii: $100 Worth Only $84.46
By Tax Foundation @ 5:26 PM :: 952 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Hawaii has the highest cost of living of any state....

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Thursday, August 16, 2018
Fast-Track Process Helps Two Affordable Housing Projects
By News Release @ 4:46 PM :: 784 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

...Mayor Alan Arakawa instructed all departments to give priority to processing permits for affordable housing projects....

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Friday, August 10, 2018
As SEC Closes in on Elon Musk, UHERO Continues to Dream Up New Ways to Send Him Money
By UHERO @ 1:29 AM :: 814 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...This study asks the question, how valuable is residential real-time pricing (RTP) in comparison to time-of-use (TOU) rates to absorb increasing sources of intermittent renewable energy?....

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Tuesday, August 07, 2018
2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities – Honolulu Dead Last
By Selected News Articles @ 4:15 PM :: 754 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities....

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Monday, August 06, 2018
Hawaii Millionaire Will Go Broke Faster Than Any Other State
By Selected News Articles @ 9:15 PM :: 1422 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Retired with a Million?  You've got 11 years ....

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Saturday, July 28, 2018
Special Action Team on Affordable Rental Housing Presents 10-Year Plan
By News Release @ 3:52 AM :: 758 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

...of the projects awarded during the current administration, 433 affordable units are now under construction. In addition, 5,946 units are in the pipeline/pending phase, of which 5,235 are affordable....

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Friday, July 27, 2018
Jones Act Blamed for High Consumer Prices in Puerto Rico
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:49 AM :: 774 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

...What are the interests propping up this archaic legislation?....

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Wednesday, July 25, 2018
Lalamilo: Newly Built Windfarm in Default after 10 Months--Demands Subsidy
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 PM :: 1423 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

...the new Lalamilo windfarm follows in the path of the old Lalamilo windfarm -- but first they want a subsidy funded by higher water rates....

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Thursday, July 19, 2018
Hawaii offers a cautionary tale of a socialist future for the U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 2:35 AM :: 1435 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...According to CNBC, Hawaii has the second-highest tax burden in the country, just behind New York....

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Monday, July 16, 2018
Best Cities for First Time Homebuyers? Honolulu Ranks 253rd
By Selected News Articles @ 12:57 PM :: 919 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...In 2017, 38% of all U.S. single-family home purchases were made by first-time buyers....

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Thursday, July 12, 2018
Hawaii Highest Energy Costs--Lowest Consumption
By News Release @ 2:51 AM :: 905 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Most & Least Energy-Expensive States....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Hawaii--The most expensive place to live in America
By Selected News Articles @ 4:07 PM :: 1396 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Out-of-control living expenses in some of these places....

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Best Cities to Drive in—Honolulu Scores 86th
By Selected News Articles @ 2:52 PM :: 867 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...driving is often a major hassle and expense....

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Monday, July 09, 2018
VIDEO: Make Hawaii Affordable Again
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:58 PM :: 796 Views :: Republican Party, Cost of Living

...imposing heavy taxes, creating massive bureaucracies and lavish government programs....

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Friday, June 22, 2018
PUC Orders $107M Hawaii Electric Rate CUT--Thanks to President Donald J Trump
By News Release @ 9:43 PM :: 1370 Views :: Energy, Taxes, Cost of Living

...This rate decrease reflects the impacts of the recently enacted federal “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act”....

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
Honolulu: Eleven Professions with no Money Left
By News Release @ 10:03 PM :: 1535 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...in some fields like Personal Care & Service and Food Preparation & Serving, Hawaii residents are left with debts ranging from $8,000 to $9,000.... 

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Thursday, June 21, 2018
UHERO: Wind and Solar will Drive up Electric Rates a Lot More
By UHERO @ 3:06 AM :: 1588 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

...the variability of solar and wind power makes the system-wide costs grow considerably as their share of the power mix rises....

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Saturday, June 16, 2018
PUC: Geothermal Shutdown Means Higher Rates, Dirtier Air
By News Release @ 2:31 AM :: 1381 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... PUC Plan: More solar and energy efficiency programs ....

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Thursday, June 14, 2018
Hawaii—Need $75K Income to Afford 2br Apartment
By News Release @ 4:36 AM :: 1068 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...On Oahu the ‘housing wage’ is $39.06 -- In Hawaii County it is $25.42, thanks to the subdivisions shifting the supply demand equation....

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Sunday, June 10, 2018
Oahu Drivers Burn More Than $11K in Yearly Commuting Costs
By News Release @ 2:08 PM :: 1264 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail, Cost of Living

...Oahu commuters would save $11,773 by commuting through public transportation versus driving and absorbing all of its associated costs such as gas, insurance, car maintenance, parking, depreciation, etc....

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Monday, June 04, 2018
Hawaii Highest Government Surplus--Lowest Median Household Income
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 1252 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...2018’s Best & Worst State Economies....

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Thursday, May 31, 2018
Hawaii Job Market Schizophrenic
By Selected News Articles @ 9:53 AM :: 1185 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...lowest unemployment AND lowest starting salaries....

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Friday, May 25, 2018
FEMA Rewards Maui With Lower Flood Insurance Rates
By News Release @ 3:29 AM :: 931 Views :: Maui County, Environment, Cost of Living

...Maui County was upgraded from Class 8, which has a 10 percent discount on flood insurance premiums, to Class 7, which allows a 15 percent discount. This means the average premium will drop from $763 to $721....

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Monday, May 21, 2018
United Way Report: 49% of Hawaii Households Can't Afford Basics
By News Release @ 5:53 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...the percentage of struggling families ranges from 32 percent in North Dakota to 49 percent in California, New Mexico and Hawaii....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Is Affordable Housing Constitutional?
By Video @ 2:42 AM :: 2369 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

...affordable housing in Hawaii, how it works, whether it is legal, and how it could be done better....

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018
Launch a Career? Honolulu Lowest Starting Salaries in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 2:41 AM :: 1265 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...Honolulu and Pearl City tie Sta Rosa, Ca and Rancho Cucamonga, Ca for lowest monthly avg starting salaries adjusted for cost of living....

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Monday, May 14, 2018
UHERO: Rolling Blackouts Can Hide Green Energy Rate Hikes
By UHERO @ 7:56 PM :: 1151 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Dynamic pricing = 'Voluntary' rolling blackouts or brownouts.  You agree to use at certain hours and not at others ....

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Thursday, May 03, 2018
Hawaii--Least Expensive Homeowners Insurance in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:02 AM :: 1134 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...with your savings on insurance, you can afford a larger mortgage....

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Wednesday, May 02, 2018
Hawaii is the Worst State for Nurses
By News Release @ 5:48 PM :: 1462 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

...51st for Annual Nursing Salary (Adj for Cost of Living)....

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Wednesday, April 25, 2018
HB2748: $580M Inserted at Last Minute for Hanabusa Crony
By News Release @ 3:00 AM :: 2741 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Land Use, Cost of Living

... In 1998 Hanabusa and Nakata teamed up with Mafia Godfather Larry Mehau to get rid of Attorney General Margery Bronster in an effort to protect the corrupt thieving Broken Trustees of Kamehameha Schools--now her Legislators want to give him a big fat stack of money....

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Tuesday, April 24, 2018
HUD: Low Income Family of Four -- $93,000
By Selected News Articles @ 3:07 AM :: 1952 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...Vicious Circle: Cost of Living Jumps--So 'Affordable' Rents Jump Too....

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Monday, April 23, 2018
Realtors: Hawaii Most Un-affordable Housing in USA
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1349 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

...According to March data, the state with the lowest Affordability Score was Hawaii (0.52)....

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Sunday, April 22, 2018
Green Energy Plan: $2.3B Tax and Rate Hike to Send Even More Money to Elon Musk
By News Release @ 2:10 AM :: 2670 Views :: Energy, Environment, Land Use, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

...Over the past 15 years, the people of Hawaii have paid 260% more for electricity than the US average, while gasoline prices consistently hover close to $1-per-gallon higher.  (But we can go even higher)....

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018
DBEDT: US average labor earnings higher than Hawaii
By News Release @ 12:03 AM :: 1315 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

...and these figures are not adjusted for cost of living....

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Friday, April 06, 2018
Hawaii: Need $153K Salary to Buy Average Home
By News Release @ 3:24 AM :: 2213 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Place Where You Need the Highest Salary to Afford the Average Home  --  Hawaii: $153,520 for a house worth $610,000 ....

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Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Honolulu 8th-Worst for Middle Class Homebuyers
By Selected News Articles @ 2:11 AM :: 1226 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

Politicians' hyperbolic campaign promises don't seem to be making life much better....

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Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Hawaii Among Worst States for Doctors
By Selected News Articles @ 2:20 PM :: 2022 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Small Business, Cost of Living

...but has the 5th-least punative Medical Board....

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Friday, March 23, 2018
Hawaii Vacation Rentals: Impact on Housing and Economy
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2082 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

...Hawaii is only building half of the units necessary to keep up with demand....

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