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Honolulu Council Chair Ernie Martin and Budget Chair Trevor Ozawa, who proposed big cuts in the city budget to raise rail funds, will travel with the mayor to the Capitol.
Outgoing chairman Ron Menor pleads for his colleagues to “rise above personal differences and political ambitions.”
HART officials say their predecessors made “placeholder” estimates without studying their legitimacy.
A power shift at Honolulu Hale rekindles debate over how to cover the costs of the project as it faces federal scrutiny.
It’s a rare financial bright spot for the massive Honolulu project, which has struggled to stay on budget.
A House bill could take a total of $6.5 million out of rail’s recovery plan, which is already stretched thin.
At a budget preview Friday, Mayor Kirk Caldwell acknowledged the city will have to cover more of the project’s cost.
City Councilman Joey Manahan’s bill would set up a system to distribute money previously set aside to assist affected businesses.
HART officials say a review of compensation payments to property owners has turned up possible violations of federal law.
HART doesn’t keep track of the totals, but its point-in-time counts suggest fewer people are employed than had been projected.