A board member expressed concern about new oversight rules, but rail managers say those are “not much of an issue.”
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell thanks lawmakers while the governor promises to work next session for a “fair distribution” to counties of hotel tax money.
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 proposal to raise hotel taxes and extend the GET next faces another vote by the full Senate on Wednesday, then likely House consideration.
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.”
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.