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House passes rail tax extension

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    House Speaker Joe Souki spoke during a recess Tuesday. House lawmakers easily approved a two-year extension of the excise tax surcharge on Oahu to help bail out the Honolulu rail project, but some charged that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s warnings about raising property taxes to fund the project amounted to “blackmail.”

House lawmakers easily approved a two-year extension of the excise tax surcharge on Oahu on Tuesday to help bail out the financially strapped Honolulu rail project, but some charged that Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell’s dire warnings about raising property taxes to fund rail amount to “threatening” or even “blackmail” of the state Legislature. Read more

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