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Caldwell is accused of padding rail budget

  • 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.

With hostilities escalating over rail this week, state lawmakers are accusing Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell and city leaders of “padding the budget” with an 11th-hour increase to their estimated costs that could derail the project. Read more

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