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Critics say one of the options to pay for the over-budget Honolulu rail project — extending the general excise tax — would unfairly burden the poor.
Public comments are being taken through Aug. 9 on a rough draft of the utility’s scaled-back upgrade proposal.
Developers can build higher and denser as long as the city finds that their projects promote “transit-enhanced neighborhoods.”
The HART board unanimously approved a budget increase to pay for rising staff and equipment costs, as well as a bump in executive salaries.
As technology threatens to eliminate jobs, Hawaii may be the first state to seriously study the idea.
Honolulu’s mayor also serves as a board director for the parent company of the Honolulu-based bank.
A bill approved Wednesday allows issuing up to $350 million in bonds to prevent the project from running out of money.
But as one tech industry leader said: “We’re not at the bottom.”
The feds seized equipment ordered from China by a Hilo dietary supplement company, and the owner is being kept in the dark.