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Robert’s Hawaii submitted a winning proposal calling for a fleet of new buses and islandwide service. It takes over the state contract Sunday.
A petition seeks to force the city to enforce land use and coastal zone management laws designed to protect marine areas from overuse.
A startup is using former sugar cane land on the North Shore to “grow oil” — pongamia trees whose seeds can be turned into biofuel.
A company points to a 2012 state law as it sues for the right to sell its coffee beans and cigars on agricultural land.
The chemical dicamba appears to have caused widespread crop damage on the mainland but in Hawaii you can’t even find out whether it’s being used or where.
A $10 billion figure was often cited as rail’s total cost, but HART tells the feds it thinks it can finish the project for $9 billion.
A board member expressed concern about new oversight rules, but rail managers say those are “not much of an issue.”
Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.
The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.
The rail funding package passed by the Legislature requires an in-depth audit of the project, closer monitoring of spending and more financial transparency.
UPDATED: The $2.4 billion measure now moves to the full House, where a final vote is expected Friday.