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Monday, March 4, 2024
Rate Hike News: Comments Sought on next round of renewable energy procurements
By News Release @ 1:31 PM :: 1349 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... clean energy procurements aimed at stabilizing rates and advancing energy equity ....

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Thursday, February 29, 2024
Climate Activist And Liberal Billionaire Quietly Gobbles Up Rural Land In Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:27 PM :: 2473 Views :: Hawaii County , Cost of Living

"...a more fair, equal and sustainable capitalism...."

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Wednesday, February 28, 2024
Not so Smart: Affordable Housing Loss Study Debunked
By News Release @ 4:43 PM :: 1570 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... the study from Washington, D.C.-based Smart Growth America commissioned by AARP Hawai‘i didn’t account for numerous affordable-housing projects ....

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Tuesday, February 27, 2024
The real cost of returning to the office in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 11:57 AM :: 1714 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Employees in Hawaii can expect to shell out more than a quarter of the median household income to work from the office ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
Taxes, Housing, Energy: High Costs Driving People out of Hawaii
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 6:30 PM :: 1489 Views :: Cost of Living

... inflation means you’re not making any more money, but you’re being taxed a lot more for the money that you’re making ....

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Sunday, February 25, 2024
City Demands Energy Use Data on Apartments and Commercial Buildings
By News Release @ 2:30 AM :: 1406 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Starting in 2023, buildings 100,000 square feet and larger were required to begin annually reporting their utility data to the City. By June 30, 2024, buildings 50,000 square feet and larger must report, followed by buildings 25,000 square feet and larger by June 30, 2025 ....

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Saturday, February 24, 2024
Green Kills off 'Affordable' Housing Group, Hands Authority to HHFDC
By News Release @ 3:42 AM :: 1521 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Green assigns the BBB’s duties to the Hawai‘i Housing Finance and Development Corporation (HHFDC), which will review developer applications for eligibility and process fee waiver exemptions ....

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Sunday, February 18, 2024
Hawaii's high cost of living is due to “one little thing after another, just building on each other”
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:22 PM :: 1539 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... good housing bills, awful tax bills at Legislature ....

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Friday, February 16, 2024
Hawaii is State With the Least Disposable Income
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 1492 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii ranks last with an adjusted after-tax income per capita of only $47,894 ....

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Saturday, February 10, 2024
Hawaii energy policy bedeviled by price, reliability tradeoffs
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:10 PM :: 1397 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... ‘What will it cost, and at what price in terms of reliability?’ ....

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Thursday, February 8, 2024
House to Consider Three Bills to Reduce Cost of Living
By News Release @ 3:04 AM :: 1500 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... On Thursday, February 8, the House Committee on Consumer Protection and Commerce will take up three measures aimed at reducing the financial burden for Hawaiʻi's residents ....

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Sunday, February 4, 2024
Hawaii’s cost-of-living problem is an economic freedom problem
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:35 PM :: 1319 Views :: Cost of Living

“...We get used to the low level of economic freedom here in Hawaii, but we don’t realize that that’s the reason our children are leaving...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
PUC Approves $95M Rate Hike for 5-year HECO grid resilience plan
By News Release @ 11:47 PM :: 1295 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

"... The estimated impact on a typical monthly bill for a residential customer using 500 kilowatt hours will be $0.17 on Oahu, $0.47 on Hawaii Island and $0.39 in Maui County ...."

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
HECO New Welcome Home Rate: $0.62 per kwh
By News Release @ 11:20 PM :: 1884 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Have a day job?  You are sooo screwed ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Three Ways to Lower Hawaii's Cost of Living
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:18 PM :: 1532 Views :: Development, Jones Act, Taxes, Cost of Living

... reduce housing regulations, support reform of the federal Jones Act and cut taxes ....

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Thursday, February 1, 2024
Reduce Minimum Lot Size to Lower Housing Costs
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:06 PM :: 1278 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... the minimum lot size on Maui of 6,000 square feet incentivizes the construction of large homes rather than smaller, more affordable ones ....

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Sunday, January 21, 2024
Will Tax Relief be on Agenda for 2024?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1194 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... In the 2023 legislative session, that legislation was amended beyond recognition in both the House and Senate ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
State De-Carbonization Report Debunked
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:57 PM :: 1343 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the report presents “aggressive scenarios of emission-reduction targets that will be incredibly challenging" ....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024
Hawaii Worst State for Drivers
By Selected News Articles @ 3:36 AM :: 1439 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

 ... road quality ranks 49th ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Hawaii: State with the Smallest Credit Score Increase
By Selected News Articles @ 3:24 PM :: 1097 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... dead last ....

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Thursday, January 11, 2024
Hawaii: $2.5M needed to retire
By Selected News Articles @ 1:56 PM :: 1459 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii annual retirement expenditures highest in USA: $103,610 ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
$4.5M: The Real Cost of Smoking in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 1:06 PM :: 1195 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Health Care, Cost of Living

... Hawaii 8th highest cost of smoking ....  

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
Let’s try a bottom-up approach to more homebuilding
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:50 AM :: 1155 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Small, focused policies could free up homebuilders and generate a wave of new housing construction ....

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024
​Hawaii Isle property tax bill could penalize owners with ohana units
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:45 AM :: 1441 Views :: Hawaii County , Small Business, Cost of Living

... they often foot the bill for property tax increases in the form of higher rent ....

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Tuesday, January 9, 2024
Americans Moved to Low-Tax States in 2023
By Tax Foundation @ 11:20 PM :: 1430 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Hawaii 3rd biggest loser ....

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Sunday, January 7, 2024
Lahaina Senator Slams Housing Plan
By News Release @ 12:07 AM :: 1508 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... the plan will not only continue to exacerbate the rental market's hyperinflation but also displace West Maui families by relocating them to long-term accommodations at Maui Lani ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Hawaii's outward migration confirmed in U.S Census Bureau's report
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 1456 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 12 people per day ....

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Sunday, December 24, 2023
Merry Wet Christmas for Honolulu BWS
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 3270 Views :: Honolulu County, Taxes, Cost of Living

... Honolulu consumers will be subjected to a double whammy next year ....

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Thursday, December 21, 2023
Could fixing our housing crisis really be so simple?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:39 AM :: 1469 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... a roadmap that can help make it happen ....

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Monday, December 11, 2023
Green Questions Water Rate Hikes After They are Approved
By News Release @ 1:08 PM :: 1341 Views :: Honolulu County, Environment, Military, Cost of Living

... “The BWS’ decision to raise water rates by about 50% may create a hardship for many residents. It’s important for the BWS to take advantage of available federal funding to reduce the costs it passes on to O‘ahu residents,” said Governor Josh Green, M.D. ....

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Sunday, December 10, 2023
Why Hawaii costs so much — and what we can do about it
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:05 AM :: 3448 Views :: Cost of Living

... Whether we’re talking about buying groceries, paying utilities or just keeping roofs over your heads, Hawaii is always at or near the top of the national rankings for cost ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
‘Not everyone wants to move to Hawaii’
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:48 PM :: 1915 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... if Hawaii is so popular, why has its population declined for seven years in a row? ....

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Saturday, December 9, 2023
Fixation on short-term rentals called distraction from 'true culprit'
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:37 PM :: 1758 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Tourism, Cost of Living

... government actions created the demand for STRs in the first place, and government regulatory failures “created housing unaffordability long before STRs even came into existence." ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Population: Still Losing
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:00 AM :: 1445 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... Are we going to put more pressure on our taxpayer base to dig into their pockets ever more deeply? ....

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Accounts in Distress? Hawaii Ranks 5th in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:28 AM :: 1245 Views :: Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... States with the Most People in Financial Distress in 2023 .... 

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Sunday, December 3, 2023
Hawaii has the highest electricity prices in the U.S.
By Selected News Articles @ 3:10 AM :: 1441 Views :: Energy, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... An analysis of average electricity prices by state shows Hawaii is easily the most expensive at 30.31 cents per kilowatt ....

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Friday, December 1, 2023
Green: We will only build 800 Affordable Units Next Year--but we will Pretend to Rebuild Mayor Wright (again)
By News Release @ 11:06 PM :: 1280 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... keeping you distracted while keeping housing costs high ....

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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Kauai: 8% Electric Rate Hike for KIUC
By News Release @ 5:52 PM :: 1423 Views :: Kauai County, Energy, Cost of Living

... This is only the second time in KIUC’s 20-year history – and the first time in 12 years – that a rate increase was sought ....

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Tuesday, November 28, 2023
HECO Evening Rates to Double under 'Shift and Save' Scheme
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 1853 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... when you come home from work, you will be paying 52 cents per kilowatt-hour on Oahu, and 62 cents per kilowatt-hour on the Big Island ....

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Sunday, November 26, 2023
Hawaii’s housing crisis deemed ’eminently solvable’
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:00 PM :: 1512 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawai'i recently reintroduced bipartisan legislation that would incentivize state and local governments to liberalize housing regulations around transit projects ....

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Saturday, November 25, 2023
UH Assessing Hawaiʻi’s Geothermal Potential
By News Release @ 2:16 PM :: 1632 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... the state’s lone geothermal plant on Hawaiʻi Island produces five times the amount of electricity as one of the state’s largest solar farms, while requiring 80% less land area ....

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Friday, November 24, 2023
Hawaii receives low marks for economic, personal freedom
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 1571 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... “It has among the strictest restrictions on residential building in the country. And in 2022, the state worsened the problem by enacting a statewide urban growth boundary that limits land development.” ....

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Wednesday, November 22, 2023
Hawaii Most Expensive Turkey in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 3:05 PM :: 1425 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... at $52.85, Hawaii has the highest average turkey prices of all the states ....

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Friday, November 17, 2023
Telling Evening News Anchors What to Say: Carpenters Union Wages War Against Affordable Modular Housing on Kauai
By News Release @ 4:59 AM :: 5414 Views :: Kauai County, Development, Labor, Cost of Living

... Were you fooled when the Carpenters Union pretended to end its opposition to panelized construction after the Lahaina Fires?  Sucker ....

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Wednesday, November 15, 2023
Predatory Landlord Practices at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam
By News Release @ 3:01 PM :: 2030 Views :: Military, Cost of Living

... For most lessees, the increase is a $1,250 jump in rent per month. ...

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Sunday, November 12, 2023
VIDEO: High Cost of Housing Freaks out Gigantic Baritone Cat
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:14 AM :: 1671 Views :: Cost of Living

... Grassroot videos on Instagram rack up more than 1 million views in October ....

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Friday, November 10, 2023
Personal Debt Keeps Hawaii up at Night
By Selected News Articles @ 4:30 PM :: 1628 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... 28% of Hawaii respondents — or 410,410 people — said they suffer from insomnia because of concern over their debt ....

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Wednesday, November 8, 2023
Hawaii Largest Household Debt Increase in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 1:50 PM :: 1632 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents had the largest debt increase in Q3 2023 at $1,093 per household ....

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Saturday, November 4, 2023
‘Affordable housing’ making housing worse for everyone
By Grassroot Institute @ 11:45 PM :: 2268 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... since 1969, the median home price in Hawaii has surged from being less than three times the median income to nearly 10 times the median income today ....

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Monday, October 30, 2023
Here’s the Living Wage a Single Person Needs To Live Comfortably in Hawaii
By Selected News Articles @ 5:35 PM :: 4371 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii is the only state where a six-figure salary is required to live comfortably — and no other state even comes close ....

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