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House speaker wants city to help fund rail


    House Speaker Joe Souki said he will not support Gov. David Ige’s proposal for increases in the state gasoline tax, vehicle weight tax and registration fees to help funding for statehighway maintenance and construction.

House Speaker Joe Souki says he supports plans to make the half-percent excise tax surcharge for the Honolulu rail project permanent, and wants to use money from the surcharge toextend the rail line to the University of Hawaii at Manoa, but only on one condition: Souki says the city must contribute its own funding to help pay to build the project. Read more

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