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Isle leaders intently keep blind eye on rail’s budget

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / 2015

    Legislators refused to extend the half-cent rail excise tax during their regular session, repeatedly saying they didn’t trust [Mayor Kirk] Caldwell, HART or their numbers,” writes David Shapiro. “You’d think such concerns would have prompted lawmakers to demand an independent audit as a starting point for discussions about more money.”

Mayor Kirk Caldwell, the City Council, the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation and the state Legislature have made a culture of looking the other way when it comes to the financial and managerial lapses that have doubled the cost of Oahu rail to $10 billion and delayed its opening by six years. Read more

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