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Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Board: What Do You Do With A $2.4 Billion Bailout?

A board member expressed concern about new oversight rules, but rail managers say those are “not much of an issue.”

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure Gov. David Ige

Rail Bailout Bill Becomes Law As Ige Signs $2.4 Billion Measure

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell thanks lawmakers while the governor promises to work next session for a “fair distribution” to counties of hotel tax money.

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval Cory Lum/Civil Beat

$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track? Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Will Stricter Oversight Put Honolulu Rail On Track?

The rail funding package passed by the Legislature requires an in-depth audit of the project, closer monitoring of spending and more financial transparency.

$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.”

Any Bailout Of Honolulu Rail Must Include Tough State Oversight Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Any Bailout Of Honolulu Rail Must Include Tough State Oversight

While we’d prefer no more money go to the mismanaged project, it’s heartening that proposed tax increases include closer scrutiny of HART.

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.

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