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Thursday, October 5, 2023
‘Affordable’ housing costs $1500 per square foot?
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:08 PM :: 2122 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... the average housing unit that cost $400,000 was only 260 square feet, about the size of a 16’x16′ room. That means the cost was $1,500 per square foot ....

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Thursday, October 5, 2023
Governor’s housing proclamation could be a ‘Pandora’s box’
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:37 PM :: 1765 Views :: Maui County, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

“...once in a while, go in and break the system....” 

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
New dashboard highlights areas of Hawaiʻi housing crisis
By UHERO @ 10:04 PM :: 1998 Views :: Development, Hawaii Statistics, Land Use, Cost of Living

... customize data reports based on location, with information such as property and rental market, demographics, zoning and housing stock ....

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Thursday, September 28, 2023
Real Value of $100 in Honolulu $87.15
By Tax Foundation @ 7:37 PM :: 2369 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living
... REAL VALUE OF $100 in Hawaii -- Honolulu $87.15 ... Maui County $89.25  ... Rest of State $92.46 ....
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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
HECO Postpones Time-of-Use Rate Hikes
By News Release @ 7:30 PM :: 1839 Views :: Maui County, Energy, Cost of Living

... Bissen asked the Commission and Hawaiian Electric for a temporary suspension of the pilot program for the randomly selected customers on Maui due to the recent wildfires ....

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Tuesday, September 26, 2023
Green Updates Lahaina Emergency Price Controls
By News Release @ 6:02 AM :: 1522 Views :: Maui County, Cost of Living

... including rentals of residential dwellings ....

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Monday, September 18, 2023
​Hawaii 3rd Worst State for Teachers
By Selected News Articles @ 8:54 PM :: 1972 Views :: Education K-12, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... 51st – Avg. Salary for Teachers (Adjusted for Cost of Living) ....

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Sunday, September 17, 2023
Maui devastation will worsen statewide housing crisis
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:01 AM :: 1762 Views :: Maui County, Development, Cost of Living

"...we can't continue to do nothing and expect the problem to just go away....”

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Saturday, September 16, 2023
Green Revises Housing Emergency Proclamation--calls it 'affordable'
By News Release @ 3:36 AM :: 1829 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Here are some of the highlights:  Adds “affordable” housing to the title ....

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023
Kauai bills seek to expand property tax relief for affordable rentals
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:44 PM :: 1979 Views :: Kauai County, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a new tax classification specifically for long-term “gap” rentals ....

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Monday, August 28, 2023
Income tax reform would make Hawaii more affordable
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:04 PM :: 1802 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Taxes, Cost of Living

... a family of four earning Hawaii’s median income of $88,005 a year would have a state income tax bill of $5,086. At that income level, only Oregon families face a higher tax burden ....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
Solar Users Hit Hard by HECO 'Time of Use' Rate Increases
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3527 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... NEM solar users bills increase: 100%, 200%, or more ... 

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Wednesday, August 23, 2023
P3 Restructures 1,221-Unit Affordable Housing Portfolio
By News Release @ 9:36 PM :: 1631 Views :: Development, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

"... Innovative Transaction to Rehabilitate Properties and Preserve Long-Term Affordability ...."

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Wednesday, August 9, 2023
Staircase proposal could be small step toward more housing
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:40 AM :: 2345 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... Can single-stair construction actually reduce the building costs and contribute to alleviating our housing shortage? ....

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Sunday, August 6, 2023
Little changes can lead to more housing
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:42 AM :: 2264 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... how regulations and building codes have made constructing small apartment buildings more expensive and less efficient ....

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Saturday, August 5, 2023
Rate Hikes Coming: Consumer Advocate Urges Public to Participate in Energy Equity Docket
By News Release @ 4:43 AM :: 2570 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... addressing critical issues related to clean energy access, affordability, and fairness in Hawai‘i ....

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Friday, August 4, 2023
Mixed feelings characterize reaction to housing proclamation
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:39 AM :: 1817 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... “It really does is just put pressure on the Legislature and say, ‘Are you going to act?'"....

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Thursday, August 3, 2023
Hawaii Highest Monthly Expenses in USA
By News Release @ 2:45 PM :: 2815 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii residents spend $3,070 each month on the ten most common household bills, which is +50% above the national average ....

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Wednesday, August 2, 2023
Housing Emergency Includes Consumer Product Price Controls
By News Release @ 4:32 AM :: 2547 Views :: Cost of Living

... state law prohibits them from increasing prices on basic goods during Governor Green's State of Emergency ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Housing Emergency Designed to Fail
By Andrew Walden @ 11:29 PM :: 4500 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Because it is temporary, Green’s Proclamation ensures that too few projects will be approved to actually bring down the cost of housing ....

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Sunday, July 30, 2023
Hawaii isn't running out of land
By Selected News Articles @ 7:45 PM :: 2860 Views :: Land Use, Cost of Living

... a 1961 land-use law and subsequent amendments placed most of the land in the state off limits to development ....

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Friday, July 28, 2023
Solar Shaft: HECO Evenings hit $0.66 per kwh
By News Release @ 5:44 PM :: 3757 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... data gathered by Hawaiian Electric and will ultimately determine how the program may roll out to all customers starting in late 2024 or 2025 ....

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Monday, July 24, 2023
Case Introduces Measure To Ban Discriminatory Treatment And Pricing Of Shipping Of Goods To U.S. Locations Outside Of Continent
By Ed Case @ 8:01 PM :: 2631 Views :: Jones Act, Cost of Living

... private shipping companies cannot exclude shipments to Hawai’i and other non-contiguous parts of country and cannot charge inflated costs ....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2023
Can Hawaii residents afford 100% renewable energy?
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:33 PM :: 1838 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Hawaiian Electric Co. recently released its integrated grid plan, which put the cost of interconnecting the state’s planned renewable energy plants at around $9 billion — and that doesn’t include the cost to build the plants themselves ....

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Sunday, July 9, 2023
The Budget Is Signed
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 1792 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Tax Credits, Taxes, Cost of Living

... At the ceremony, the Governor made clear that tax relief, especially for ALICE (asset-limited, income-constrained, employed) families, is still on the table.  There will be a Phase 2, he said, apparently targeting the 2024 legislative session ....

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Friday, July 7, 2023
Need $60K to Pay Your Mortgage?
By News Release @ 5:02 AM :: 1821 Views :: Ethics, Hawaii State Government, Cost of Living

... Since the program’s inception in 2021, service providers from the Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement and Hawaiʻi Community Lending have been serving homeowners with the greatest needs ....

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Wednesday, July 5, 2023
Green hopes housing will alleviate teacher shortage
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 AM :: 1622 Views :: Education K-12, Labor, Cost of Living

... Senate Bill 941 allows the School Facilities Authority to join with public and private agencies in developing off or on-campus housing for teachers and other staff ....

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Sunday, July 2, 2023
​Regulations make housing prices unsustainable
By Grassroot Institute @ 9:09 PM :: 1989 Views :: Development, Hawaii History, Land Use, Cost of Living

... why have prices spiked over the past half-century? ....

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Thursday, June 29, 2023
UHERO: Housing Even More Expensive Than Reported
By News Release @ 6:39 PM :: 1452 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... UHERO released the first edition of an annual report on the state of housing called “The Hawaiʻi Housing Factbook” ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
Hawaii 4th-Highest Beer Taxes in USA
By Tax Foundation @ 11:59 PM :: 2278 Views :: Taxes, Cost of Living

... all the different layers of taxation on production and distribution make up about 40 percent of the retail price for beer ....

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Tuesday, June 27, 2023
About that so-called Vienna housing model
By Grassroot Institute @ 8:00 PM :: 2369 Views :: Development, Cost of Living

... some Hawaii lawmakers have been looking at the so-called Vienna model of housing as a way to help resolve Hawaii's housing crisis ....

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Saturday, June 24, 2023
HiDOT Jacks up Airport Parking Fees in Effort to Price You Out
By News Release @ 2:25 PM :: 2363 Views :: Tourism, Cost of Living

... the Hawaiʻi Department of Transportation expects the additional benefit of reduced demand for overnight and multiple-day parking ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2023
Green Pours Millions into Housing
By Selected News Articles @ 4:33 PM :: 2230 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Homelessness, Cost of Living

... "We are working with our colleagues, possibly in the next couple of weeks, you will see this housing declaration of emergency, similarly to address some of the bottlenecks on housing," Green said. ....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2023
Honolulu: Where High Earners Lose 2nd Most To Taxes and Cost of Living
By Selected News Articles @ 12:00 PM :: 2395 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... in Honolulu a $250K salary is worth $82,672.04 ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Hawaii most expensive state to live in
By Selected News Articles @ 5:03 PM :: 2472 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

"... living in Hawaii would require an annual income of at least $80,000 to $100,000 for a single person and around $125,000 to $150,000 for a family ....”

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Honolulu Credit Card Debt Soars
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 2309 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu average household credit card debt is $14,927, up by $2,498 ....

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Monday, June 19, 2023
Honolulu Rent Highest in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:11 PM :: 2362 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... #1 Highest Avg Rent in USA: Urban Honolulu, HI $2,514/mo ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Taxes and Cost of Living: Focus Shifts to County Councils
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:57 PM :: 1934 Views :: Development, Taxes, Cost of Living

... lawmaking continues at the county level ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
Want more housing? Why not just cut the red tape?
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:50 PM :: 1956 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Cost of Living

... address the structural problems in the housing market, namely the strict regulatory environment ....

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Sunday, June 11, 2023
New video tells what the story of Iam Tongi says about Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 6:13 PM :: 2731 Views :: Cost of Living

... you shouldn't have to be an "American Idol" winner to be priced back into Hawaii ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
Hawaii highest household debt to income ratio
By Selected News Articles @ 9:12 PM :: 1643 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the highest debt-to-income ratio of any state at 2.26 ....

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Saturday, June 10, 2023
The Real Value of $100 in Hawaii -- $86.80
By Selected News Articles @ 8:58 PM :: 2079 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... you’ll get a lot more for your money in Mississippi than in Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, June 7, 2023
Water Bills Going Up: BWS Signs $204M Kalaeloa Desalination Contract
By News Release @ 3:03 AM :: 2178 Views :: Honolulu County, Cost of Living

... Desalination is an expensive energy hog ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Hawaii Highest Electric Rates in USA
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 AM :: 2602 Views :: Energy, Cost of Living

... Hawaii clocked in as the most expensive state for electricity, with a 44 cents per kilowatt-hour cost ....

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Friday, June 2, 2023
Hawaii Job Satisfaction 3rd Lowest in USA
By News Release @ 3:39 AM :: 2063 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Cost of Living

... Three Lowest States: Arkansas (2.1), Mississippi (2.3), Hawaii (2.5) ....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Owning a firearm in Hawaii is about to get more expensive
By Selected News Articles @ 4:01 AM :: 2500 Views :: Second Amendment, Cost of Living

... Recently, state legislators proposed a bill that, if passed, would increase the costs associated with obtaining and carrying a firearm for self-defense ....

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Sunday, May 28, 2023
GET on Health Care
By Tom Yamachika @ 6:00 AM :: 2300 Views :: Health Care, Military, Taxes, Cost of Living

... One of the bills in this past legislative session that fell to the cutting room floor when it probably shouldn’t have was Senate Bill 1035, which would have exempted medical services provided by health care providers if the services were paid for by Medicaid, Medicare, or TRICARE ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Simpsons in Hawaii
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 3412 Views :: Cost of Living

... the Simpsons try to buy a house in Hawaii ....

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Friday, May 26, 2023
Honolulu Among Least Affordable Cities for Home Buyers
By Selected News Articles @ 10:11 PM :: 1946 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Cost of Living

... Honolulu ranks 280th of 300 overall and 62nd of 68 among large cities ....

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Tuesday, May 23, 2023
'Renewable' Gravy Train End of Line: After Decades, HECO Dumps 'Avoided Cost' Contracts
By News Release @ 12:19 PM :: 2274 Views :: Hawaii County , Energy, Cost of Living

... The four original contracts were negotiated in the 1990s and 2000s ... a typical residential customer using 500 kilowatts could see savings ranging from $9 to $13 per month ....

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