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$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rail Rescue Plan Clears Another Senate Hurdle

UPDATED: The proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Mayor Urges Lawmakers To Put More Money In Rail Bailout Bill

Hours before the special session begins, the mayor called for renegotiation of the proposed tax increases so “we don’t have to come back again.”

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Rail Bailout Bill Requires Sweeping Audit

But critics say lawmakers should wait for audit results before handing billions more dollars to the troubled project.

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout Cory Lum/Civil Beat

3 Things That Could Derail The Honolulu Rail Bailout

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his City Council stalwarts are playing chicken with a political freight train.

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Oahu’s Cheapest Source Of Power Is About To Go Away

How HECO plans to replace that electricity for Oahu customers is still unknown but Hawaii’s last coal-fired power plant intends to shut down in just five years.

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why Hotels Will Likely Get Stuck With Honolulu Rail Tab

State lawmakers also want a thorough audit of the beleaguered project.

Why A New Hawaii Cargo Line Isn’t Such Good News For Locals Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Why A New Hawaii Cargo Line Isn’t Such Good News For Locals

Competition could spark a price war, but experts question whether Hawaii can support a third container fleet long term.

How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How A Princess’s Embattled Fortune Could Become A Massive Native Hawaiian Charity

Four other trusts, derived from the wealth of Native Hawaiian royalty, support a wide range of philanthropies and hold vast business interests.

Hawaii Lawmakers Not Sold On Rail Tax Extension Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Hawaii Lawmakers Not Sold On Rail Tax Extension

Legislators attending a briefing Monday appeared more favorable to tapping hotel tax money to help pay for the $10 billion rail line.

Hawaii Utilities Regulators Are Worried About Rising Electric Rates Blue Planet Foundation

Hawaii Utilities Regulators Are Worried About Rising Electric Rates

Commissioners are pushing HECO to do more to keep prices in check and customers from leaving the system.

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu

Salvage the Rail proposes ditching the over-budget elevated railway plan in much of the city.

Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Insurance May Not Be Enough For Some Marco Polo Condo Owners

After the deadly Honolulu high-rise fire, some banks say they are also offering help to meet mortgage payments.