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Legislators make Caldwell a ‘take-it-or-leave-it’ offer

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GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

Mayor Kirk Caldwell said state lawmakers presented him with what he took to be a “take-it-or-leave-it” proposition on rail funding. Caldwell said tempers flared after he responded that he would need to have the proposal analyzed, and he ended up walking out of the meeting.

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Mayor Kirk Caldwell left House Speaker Scott Saiki’s office at the state Capitol with City Council members Joey Manahan, left, and Ikaika Anderson amid contentious talks on rail financing Thursday.