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Rail bailout forever weds state to project

  • CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Maui County Council Chairman and Kaanapali Beach Hotel General Manager Mike White, who opposed Senate Bill 4, shook hands with Mayor Kirk Caldwell just before the House vote to pass the rail funding bill was announced Friday. Also pictured is City Councilman Ron Menor and the mayor’s Chief of Staff Gary Kurokawa.

Mayor Kirk Caldwell emerged from last week’s special session of the state Legislature with some political scrapes and bruises, another $2.37 billion in taxpayer money to help complete the 20-mile rail line, and a powerful new partner. Read more

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