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Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Lawmakers Strike Deal To Increase Hotel Tax, GET To Pay For Rail

State lawmakers also want to require an audit of the struggling rail project. Senate Ways and Means will hear the measure Monday.

Honolulu Rail Art Celebrates Hawaiian Culture Anthony Quintano/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Art Celebrates Hawaiian Culture

As the project alters the Honolulu landscape, it will illustrate local history on embossed guideway columns and inside stations.

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu Stewart Yerton/Civil Beat

Dream Plan or Pipe Dream? Group Pushes Street-Level Rail For Honolulu

Salvage the Rail proposes ditching the over-budget elevated railway plan in much of the city.

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Here’s Who Might Get Stung Hardest By Any New Rail Taxes

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.

Waipahu Businesses Have Hopes For Rail — If They Can Survive Construction Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Waipahu Businesses Have Hopes For Rail — If They Can Survive Construction

With some owners reporting a sharp decline in customers, the Honolulu City Council has set aside $2 million for property tax relief for struggling businesses.

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Honolulu Rail Project’s Budget Increased By 11.5 Percent

The HART board unanimously approved a budget increase to pay for rising staff and equipment costs, as well as a bump in executive salaries.

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret Cory Lum/Civil Beat

How HART Tried — And Failed — To Keep Rail Records Secret

The agency fought to keep the public from knowing what the Utah Transit Authority found during a study. So we got the records from Utah — in four days.

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Council Puts Taxpayers On The Hook To Ensure Rail Work Continues

A bill approved Wednesday allows issuing up to $350 million in bonds to prevent the project from running out of money.

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii Cory Lum/Civil Beat

Civil Beat Poll: Caldwell Is As Unpopular As Trump In Hawaii

The Honolulu mayor has a dismal approval rating, and the city’s $10 billion rail project is probably to blame.

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