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Wednesday, January 18, 2023
Hawaii targets housing reform as Legislature returns
By Selected News Articles @ 3:39 AM :: 1985 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 :: 1571 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 :: 1352 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 :: 1902 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 :: 1695 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 :: 2024 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 :: 12199 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 :: 1997 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 :: 2001 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 :: 1834 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 :: 2223 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 :: 1501 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 :: 2087 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 :: 2129 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 :: 1941 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 :: 1627 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 :: 2079 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 :: 2355 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 :: 2963 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 :: 1748 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 :: 1818 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 :: 1832 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 :: 1672 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 :: 1702 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 :: 2249 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 :: 2027 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 :: 2101 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 :: 1980 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 :: 1905 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 :: 1786 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 :: 2292 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 :: 2852 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 :: 2481 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 :: 3326 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 :: 1889 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 :: 1865 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 :: 2069 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 :: 1783 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 :: 1628 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 :: 1904 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 :: 2192 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 :: 1936 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 :: 2390 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 :: 2184 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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Friday, September 16, 2022
Kai Kahele: Josh Green Funders Drive Local Families out of Hawaii
By Video @ 5:07 AM :: 3241 Views :: Democratic Party, Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

"...The same money driving up housing prices, buying up our land, and pushing out local families is the same money [Green] has used and is using to fund his campaign. I will never accept this as being good for Hawaii...."

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Friday, September 16, 2022
Why housing in Hawaii is expensive--Are outsiders buying up Hawaii?
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:45 AM :: 2646 Views :: Development, Land Use, Cost of Living

... Hawaii has the most expensive home prices in the nation ....

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Monday, September 12, 2022
McDermott pledges congressional action to stabilize Hawaii Housing costs
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 11:08 PM :: 1533 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Development, Military, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... compel the DOD via statue to build all the base housing they need (approximately 40k units) for their servicemembers’ families on base in Hawaii ....

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Sunday, September 11, 2022
​Top-down energy plans not going down easy
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 1:41 AM :: 1829 Views :: Energy, Environment, Cost of Living

... how we got to this point ....

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Friday, September 9, 2022
Aiona/Tupaʻi Campaign Announces Affordable Housing Initiative
By Lt Gov Duke Aiona @ 11:05 PM :: 1356 Views :: Development, Land Use, Republican Party, Cost of Living

... The Problem with the Hawaiʻi Real Estate Market is the effect that “outside influences” are having on housing prices and availability ....

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Tuesday, September 6, 2022
Will Hawaii's Minimum Wage Backfire?
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:45 AM :: 1908 Views :: Labor, Small Business, Cost of Living

... might the wage increase backfire and actually end up harming the very people it was supposed to help ....

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