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Monday, September 29, 2014
Schatz Makes You Pay More Every Day
By News Release @ 7:42 PM :: 5870 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living


When Senator Schatz says "I fully support the Jones Act" it means YOU pay more every day."

News Release from Cavasso Campaign September 29, 2014

In the latest figures, released August 2014, covering the first half year period of 2014, the monthly out of pocket expenses for groceries has increased $130.80 for low income Hawaii families of four when compared with the same six months of 2013 according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).[1]   In the first six months of 2014, Hawaii families paid $6528 for groceries, while people living on the mainland paid $3,854.30, therefore, Hawaii residents continue to pay over 69% more than people on the U.S. mainland for food.[2] 

For the same six month period in 2013 Hawaii residents paid $6397 for groceries, and over the entire year of 2013 low income Hawaii families of four paid $5074 more out of pocket than mainland residents for groceries.[3]

Additional costs for Hawaii residents don't stop there.  Rents for a two bedroom apartment in Hawaii are approximately 57% higher than on the mainland.  The average two bedroom on the mainland rents for $905 per month, but in Hawaii a two bedroom average rent is $1414 per month.[4] 

The average family household in Hawaii spends 12% of their income on food and 25% of their income on rent, while on the mainland an average family spends only 9% of their income on food and 20% of their income on rent.[5]

Utilities in Hawaii are also the highest in the nation costing 38.66 cents per kilowatt in June 2014 up from 37.04 cents in June 2013.[6]  On the mainland electricity went down with averages of 14.82 cents in June 2013 to 14.58 cents in June 2014. Most states are around 10 -12 cents per kilowatt.  While it is difficult to find published statistical data on costs of water and sewer, as far back as 2003 the average annual cost of water and waste water service for a household on the U.S. mainland was $484 per year, while in Hawaii the average was $721.[7] 

U.S. Senate Candidate Cam Cavasso believes the cost of living is just too high in Hawaii and the democrat super majority continue to do nothing to deal with it.  Cam Cavasso stated today "The average household cannot continue to pay these rising costs just to survive. The toll on the families living in Hawaii is just too high and it breaks down families when parents have to work two or three jobs just to get by.  The problem is that Democrats just keep pushing the real issues aside and distracting us from what is important.  What is important is looking after the average person, and not your big buddies."

"It is not good enough, or even true, for Schatz to blame the high cost of living in Hawaii on Hawaii not generating enough electricity because we do generate all of our own electricity here in the islands.[8] When Schatz also alleges that the high cost of living is also because we do not generate enough of our own food it is misleading.[9] The high cost of living is mainly a result of high transportation costs and high fuel costs. The transportation of fuel costs more because of the Jones Act ship-build requirement. Transportation of goods costs more because of the Jones Act ship-build requirement.     You cannot pay up to 10 times more for freight and conclude that the freight cost does not affect prices of goods in Hawaii or our ability to compete in other markets.[10]  When Senator Schatz said "I fully support the Jones Act"[11], it means he intends that you will continue to pay more every day." explains Cam.  

Cam added "What is needed for Hawaii is someone willing to talk straight to people about the important issues.  What is needed for Hawaii is someone to look out for people, our kapuna, and our families.  I will do that, I will fight for Hawaii, and I'm more than willing to work on the serious issues no matter how hard they may be."



USA mainland



Median Household Income



US Census

Persons per household



US Census






Median Rent (annualized)



Census ACS Survey 2013

Household Groceries(Fam of 2; annualized)



USDA Thrifty Food Plan (August, 2014)

Household Groceries(Fam of 4 – 2013)



USDA Thrifty Food Plan (August, 2013)

Household Groceries(Fam of 4 – 2000)



USDA Thrifty Food Plan (August, 2000)






Median Rent as a % of Median Household Income





Household Groceries as a % of Median Household Income










Cost of electricity (June 2014)

38.66 cents/kw

14.58 cents/kw

Energy Institute of America

Cost of electricity (June 2013)

37.04 cents/kw

14.82 cents/kw

Energy Institute of America


Cost of Water  per annum(2003)



EPA citing to National Rural Water Association; 




[2] Id.

[3] Id.


[5] See table below.


[7] Whitepaper:  The Cost of Water and Wastewater Service in the United States.; cited by

[8] Video at 1:07 -

[9] Id.

[10] See:

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