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Caldwell is accused of padding rail budget

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DENNIS ODA / DODA@STARADVERTISER.COM

Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and members of his Cabinet say the city needs an extra $548 million to show its federal partners that rail can handle the “stress test” of a 10 percent increase to the remaining capital costs. But legislative leaders say that for years they’ve been assured the city included the stress test in rail’s final cost.