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Legislative leaders said efforts by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell to derail the plan actually helped unite them.
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.
While we’d prefer no more money go to the mismanaged project, it’s heartening that proposed tax increases include closer scrutiny of HART.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and his City Council stalwarts are playing chicken with a political freight train.
State lawmakers also want to require an audit of the struggling rail project. Senate Ways and Means will hear the measure Monday.
State lawmakers also want a thorough audit of the beleaguered project.
With a special session set for the end of August, the Hawaii Legislature will lay out several funding options for the public at a briefing next week.
Gov. David Ige faced a heavy lobbying campaign from both sides on a bill phasing out commercial collection of fish for the aquarium industry.
Hawaii lawmakers will convene for a week to figure out how to fund the rest of Honolulu’s over-budget project.
After balking two years ago, state officials now feel there are sufficient safeguards to prevent private-paying clients from displacing those on Medicaid.
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.