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Cost of Living

Why are people leaving Hawaii?

Why are residents leaving Hawaii?

It’s too expensive. That’s why most people move away from their beloved Hawaii. Consider the story of Christopher Peralta, who left Honolulu in 2009 and now lives in Portland. He told the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: “I was working three jobs and had nothing to show for it. My home was

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Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

This was originally published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Oct. 28, 2018.  Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii Supreme Court. The

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Hawaii’s cost of living makes $100 worth less

It’s the question that yields the very definition of “the cost of living”: How far does your dollar go where you live, compared to other places? In Hawaii, most people know the answer: It doesn’t go far. But do you know exactly how our state stacks up against the rest

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Cost of living to go up — again

Get ready to pay more for goods you purchase on the internet. A new Hawaii law, Act 41, that goes into effect July 1 will subject internet retailers that have neither persons nor property in Hawaii to the state’s general excise tax, so long as they make more than $100,000

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Hawaii living too expensive!

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii created a popular video about our state’s problem with “flight” — the large number of families leaving Hawaii for places with lower taxes and lower costs of living. And yet, the average salary in Honolulu doesn’t seem so terrible. When you look

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There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, the Grassroot Institute released a short video about the large number of locals who are forced by economic considerations to leave Hawaii for the mainland. It was one of our most successful videos to date and touched a chord with the large group of “expat” locals who knew exactly what

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Hawaii is Now the Most Expensive State to Live In

by John Engle A recent study by the State of Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) is the latest to report it is excruciatingly expensive to live in Hawaii. According to its findings, Hawaii tops the list of expensive states to live in comfortably. To understand what is meant

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Why are people leaving Hawaii?

Why are residents leaving Hawaii?

It’s too expensive. That’s why most people move away from their beloved Hawaii. Consider the story of Christopher Peralta, who left Honolulu in 2009 and now lives in Portland. He told the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii: “I was working three jobs and had nothing to show for it. My home was

Read More →

Lower cost of living to help teachers, everyone

This was originally published as a letter to the editor in The Maui News on Oct. 28, 2018.  Lowering Hawaii’s cost of living would be a better way to help our public school teachers than the proposed constitutional amendment that was thrown out Oct. 19 by the Hawaii Supreme Court. The

Read More →

Hawaii’s cost of living makes $100 worth less

It’s the question that yields the very definition of “the cost of living”: How far does your dollar go where you live, compared to other places? In Hawaii, most people know the answer: It doesn’t go far. But do you know exactly how our state stacks up against the rest

Read More →

Cost of living to go up — again

Get ready to pay more for goods you purchase on the internet. A new Hawaii law, Act 41, that goes into effect July 1 will subject internet retailers that have neither persons nor property in Hawaii to the state’s general excise tax, so long as they make more than $100,000

Read More →

Hawaii living too expensive!

Earlier this year, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii created a popular video about our state’s problem with “flight” — the large number of families leaving Hawaii for places with lower taxes and lower costs of living. And yet, the average salary in Honolulu doesn’t seem so terrible. When you look

Read More →

There’s No Place Like Home

Last week, the Grassroot Institute released a short video about the large number of locals who are forced by economic considerations to leave Hawaii for the mainland. It was one of our most successful videos to date and touched a chord with the large group of “expat” locals who knew exactly what

Read More →

Hawaii is Now the Most Expensive State to Live In

by John Engle A recent study by the State of Missouri Economic Research and Information Center (MERIC) is the latest to report it is excruciatingly expensive to live in Hawaii. According to its findings, Hawaii tops the list of expensive states to live in comfortably. To understand what is meant

Read More →

PETITION: Exempt medical services from Hawaii's excise tax!

To the Hawaii Legislature:

Hawaii families face skyrocketing healthcare costs and a shortage of doctors. Exempting medical services from Hawaii’s general excise tax would result in millions of dollars in savings for residents and help bring doctors back.

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