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Ige signs bill giving state added control over rail


Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 12:56 pm
With the stroke of a pen, Honolulu’s rail line no longer appears stalled at Middle Street. Read More

Rail vote could cost House leader her post


Updated on  September 6, 2017 at 8:20 am
Newly appointed House Majority Leader Cindy Evans of Hawaii island could lose her leadership role in a bit of collateral damage from the Honolulu rail controversy. Read More

Rail bailout forever weds state to project


Updated on  September 3, 2017 at 12:29 am
Mayor Kirk Caldwell emerged from last week’s special session of the state Legislature with some political scrapes and bruises, another $2.37 billion in taxpayer money to help complete the 20-mile rail line, and a powerful new partner. Read More

$2.4B rail bailout bill goes to the governor for approval


Updated on  September 2, 2017 at 12:23 am
Four months after their initial efforts collapsed, state House and Senate majorities have swiftly passed a $2.4 billion funding deal, hoping it will finally be enough to get rail all the way to Ala Moana Center. Read More

House poised to OK rail bailout today


Updated on  August 31, 2017 at 11:12 pm
Based on a procedural voice vote Thursday, rail’s controversial bailout bill appears poised to easily pass the House today. Read More
 

Senate approves rail bill in 16-9 vote


Updated on  August 30, 2017 at 11:25 pm
The latest bill to bail out Honolulu’s woefully over-budget rail transit project has cleared another key hurdle, with the state Senate advancing the measure to the House, where it’s expected to pass handily. Read More

Vote shows support is strong for rail bill


Updated on  August 29, 2017 at 10:38 pm
A package of state tax hikes to bail out the city’s beleaguered rail project appears poised to clear its last major hurdle with a full Senate vote today before moving over to the House. Read More

Rail deal survives first vote in special session


Updated on  August 28, 2017 at 10:50 pm
Senate Bill 4, the vehicle that looks to bail out rail with a $2.4 billion funding deal, narrowly passed the Senate’s Ways and Means Committee Monday. Read More
 

Neighbor isle leaders protest tax hike for rail


Updated on  August 26, 2017 at 10:31 pm
Some neighbor island lawmakers are agitating against plans to increase the hotel room tax statewide to pump more money into Honolulu’s financially troubled rail project, and their resistance could jeopardize what is expected to be a close vote in the state Senate this week on a multibillion-dollar rail bailout package. Read More

Caldwell is accused of padding rail budget


Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 11:23 pm
With hostilities escalating over rail this week, state lawmakers are accusing Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city leaders of “padding the budget” with an 11th-hour increase to their estimated costs that could derail the project. Read More

Rail deal spreads accountability


Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 12:35 am
State lawmakers announced their new plan Thursday to raise $2.37 billion to bail out the city’s financially troubled rail project, but Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell warned the money is “not sufficient” to cover the budget shortfall for rail. Read More

Legislators make Caldwell a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer


Updated on  August 25, 2017 at 12:00 am
The ongoing friction between several state lawmakers and Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell is a key subplot in the drama playing out this week in the Legislature as it decides whether, and how, to raise the money to bail out the city’s financially strapped rail project. Read More

Caldwell says state lawmakers’ rail-funding plan falls short


Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 9:30 pm
State lawmakers today released more of the details of a new plan to raise another $2.37 billion to bail out the city’s financially troubled rail project, but Mayor Kirk Caldwell is warning lawmakers the new funding provided in the package is still “not sufficient” to cover the budget shortfall for rail. Read More

Legislators reach tentative rail funding deal


Updated on  August 24, 2017 at 12:22 am
House and Senate negotiators have tentatively agreed on a plan to bail out the city’s rail project by raising hotel room taxes statewide and extending the general excise tax surcharge on Oahu for another three or four years, according to sources familiar with the discussions. Read More

Legislators eye tax surcharge extension for rail


Updated on  August 22, 2017 at 8:54 am
State lawmakers who are negotiating the terms of a financial bailout of the city’s 20-mile rail project are focusing on a possible two- to four-year extension of the general excise tax surcharge on Oahu, according to House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke. Read More

Auditor says probe of rail agency raised ‘red flags’


Updated on  August 16, 2017 at 10:42 pm
Honolulu Auditor Edwin Young told City Council members Wednesday that if fraud had occurred at the agency overseeing the troubled East Kapolei-to-Ala Moana Center rail project, there were no mechanisms in place to report the improprieties. Read More

Council committee to take up measure seeking rail audit


Updated on  August 15, 2017 at 11:05 pm
A resolution calling on city Auditor Edwin Young to conduct an economy and efficiency audit of Honolulu’s troubled rail project is to be taken up during a special meeting of the City Council Budget Committee at 9 a.m. today. Read More

House and Senate leaders keep searching for rail funds


Updated on  August 14, 2017 at 10:06 pm
With the special session on rail looming in two weeks, legislators still don’t have a deal. But leaders from both chambers appeared open to raising the state’s hotel room tax to help rescue the beleaguered transit project during a marathon hearing Monday. Read More

First rail land trial ends in condemnation


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 11:01 pm
On Tuesday, the warehouse that Bryan Hoernig has owned since 2002 became the rail project’s first official casualty of eminent domain. Read More

Different appraisal methods led to $1M gap


Updated on  August 12, 2017 at 10:58 pm
Much of the first rail-condemnation case to go to trial hinged on the testimony of two experienced, local dueling appraisers: Jon Yamaguchi and Steven Chee. Read More

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