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Senators blast city leaders over rail funds

  • “Have you taken the time to dig through your very own budget to find the money without taxing your own taxpayer?”

    Jill Tokuda

    Senate Ways and Means chairwoman, asking city leaders about finding funds for rail


    John Brizdle spoke in opposition Monday to Senate Bill 1183, regarding the general excise tax surcharge to fund the city’s rail project.


    Krishniah Murthy, left, interim executive director and CEO of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation; City Councilman Joey Manahan; Mayor Kirk Caldwell; and Councilwoman Kymberly Pine listened to testimony Monday at the state Capitol at a hearing regarding funding for the rail project.

Senate leaders delivered Honolulu’s mayor and those overseeing the city’s troubled rail project a harsh rebuke Monday. Read more

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