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Mayor proposes larger share of rail tax for state


    “I think right now it’s questionable whether we will get the surcharge extended. I’m very concerned. I think we’re having a harder time than two years ago, and it’s all based on the fact that there’s no trust, that the numbers given have changed dramatically.”

    Kirk Caldwell

    Honolulu’s mayor dangled the possibility of sharing more of the rail excise tax surcharge with the state

If state lawmakers will agree to extend the half-percent excise tax surcharge on Oahu to provide desperately needed funding for the city’s rail project, the city would be willing to share the tax revenues from that surcharge with the state, according to a pitch made Tuesday by Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and City Council Chairman Ron Menor. Read more

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