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Friday, September 08, 2017
Reso 17-199: Will Honolulu Council Back Rail Audit?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 12:41 PM :: 1864 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...the most recent version of the proposed resolution requests an “independent forensic audit” of HART operations and contract awards....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
HDOT Sitting on $505M of Unspent Federal Funds
By News Release @ 5:10 PM :: 1971 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail

...In two and a half years we have successfully reduced the pipeline from nearly $750 million to $505 million....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Andria Tupola: Special Session 2017 Wrap-Up
By News Release @ 12:40 PM :: 1728 Views :: Rail, Taxes

......Our floor amendment to exclude neighbor islands from the 1% TAT increase received support from four other neighbor island Representatives....

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Wednesday, September 06, 2017
Ige Signs $2.4B Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 2:01 AM :: 2380 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...Ige’s signing of the rail funding bill also allows the Honolulu City Council to approve Bill 45, which extends O‘ahu’s half-percent surcharge to the state general excise tax another three years....

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Sunday, September 03, 2017
Rail:  I Dunno About TAT
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2472 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...The TAT, when it was enacted in 1986, was primarily meant to fund the Hawaii Convention Center....

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Saturday, September 02, 2017
$2.4B Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 10:09 AM :: 3447 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Senators highlighted in YELLOW are up for reelection in 2018.  Only four of them voted for the tax hike....

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Friday, September 01, 2017
Ige Appoints Pro-Rail Thug to HCDA
By John Bond @ 8:37 PM :: 3232 Views :: Ethics, Development, Rail

...Timson worked at First Hawaiian Bank as vice president while FHB Chairman Don Horner was HART board chair. She organized large groups of screaming union supporters to crash, harass and threaten at public meetings....

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Friday, September 01, 2017
Rail: Republicans Propose 'Forensic Audit' Amendment
By News Release @ 5:34 PM :: 3423 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

...Require the State Auditor to perform a forensic audit to look for fraud, waste, and abuse....

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Thursday, August 31, 2017
Rail: FTA is open to shortening the route
By Honolulu Traffic @ 6:57 PM :: 2269 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...FTA is complicit.  That’s why it is likely to approve a Plan B that stops at Middle Street....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
UPDATE: Billion Dollar Bailout Added to Rail Tax Hike Bill
By News Release @ 6:00 PM :: 2424 Views :: Rail

...SB1 has been deleted from the WAM Hearing notice and replaced by SB4.... WAM Hearing Monday 3pm, Capitol Auditorium....

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Sunday, August 27, 2017
Honolulu Republicans Protest Rail Bailout Bill
By Brett Kulbis @ 5:52 PM :: 2432 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

Senate Committee on Ways and Means to hold hearing Monday, August 28th beginning at 3pm...

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Saturday, August 26, 2017
Full Text: Feds Letter Demanding Rail Plan by Sept 15
By Andrew Walden @ 10:01 PM :: 2114 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...The Recovery Plan does not include a financial plan with funding sufficient to cover HART's current estimated total Project cost....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Rail: How to Gut an Audit
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:31 PM :: 1805 Views :: Ethics, Rail

Hawaii lawmakers are finally embracing the call for a “deep dive” audit of the Honolulu rail project, but how they follow through on that embrace could make it all for naught....

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Friday, August 25, 2017
Full Text: Caldwell Rips Legislators' Rail Tax Hike Plan
By News Release @ 5:30 AM :: 2058 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we were told that this was not a negotiation but a take it or leave it situation....

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Thursday, August 24, 2017
Keep Traffic Jammed: Rail FEIS Shows Plans for Lane-Elimination
By Honolulu Traffic @ 3:23 PM :: 1644 Views :: Rail

...buried in one of the technical reports that are referenced and made part of the FEIS so you would not be able to say they didn’t tell you....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
State GOP Calls for Forensic Audit of Rail
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 8:51 PM :: 2186 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Republican Party

...A call for Republicans to push for a forensic audit of HART and their failed rail project!....

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Ige Unveils Plan to Bulldoze Kalihi, Build Condos
By News Release @ 2:59 AM :: 3407 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...to transform the community....

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017
UPDATE: No More Bailouts for Rail!
By Brett Kulbis @ 12:22 AM :: 1690 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...In a week, lawmakers will be opening a special legislative session to determine how they are going to raise our taxes....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
City rail audit won’t look for fraud?
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 8:11 PM :: 2466 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

...despite the fact that City Auditor Edwin Young told the committee “the red flags were there”....

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Friday, August 18, 2017
Desperation: HART Backs Efficiency Audit
By News Release @ 2:04 AM :: 1572 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...HART Directors discussed using public-private partnerships to help fund the remaining elements of Honolulu's Rail Transit Project....

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017
Rep Tupola Backs Forensic Audit for HART
By News Release @ 1:44 PM :: 2079 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...City and HART officials were often unable to give specific answers to our questions and rarely took responsibility for their cost overruns and inflated budgets....

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Monday, August 14, 2017
Oahu GOP: Mo More Bailouts for Rail
By Brett Kulbis @ 3:03 PM :: 1913 Views :: Rail, Republican Party

...today's information hearing is nothing more than kabuki theater designed to make us believe they're concerned....

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Monday, August 14, 2017
Grassroot: Investigate Rail Fraud, Waste, Abuse
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:00 PM :: 1649 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“What is needed is a full, independent forensic audit of the project, to identify the reason — or reasons — for its significant cost overruns and missed deadlines...."

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Friday, August 11, 2017
No need for special session this summer
By Grassroot Institute @ 10:49 PM :: 2316 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the immediate cash flow problems have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which authorized the sale of $350 million in bonds to help bail out the project....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Audit the rail: An idea that’s catching on
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 2:11 PM :: 1788 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Mahalo for helping this idea to catch on....

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Friday, August 11, 2017
Rail Fail: Why You Should Speak Out
By Shirlene Ostrov @ 2:04 PM :: 2212 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...Honolulu Rail Project is on track to becoming the costliest and most mismanaged public transportation project in our nation's history....

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Thursday, August 10, 2017
Rail: ‘Special audit possibly coming down the line’
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:00 AM :: 1890 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Cliff Slater told the HART board that “everything should come up on the table, as John Henry Felix is calling for.”....

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Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Who Needs Rail? Cost-Effective Lane Projects Save Commuters Time
By News Release @ 4:21 AM :: 1480 Views :: Rail

“While highways funding is limited, we haven’t let that stop us...."

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Tuesday, August 08, 2017
Full Text: Lawmaker Leaks Plan to Make Sister Isles Pay for Rail -- Public Hearing Set
By News Release @ 5:22 PM :: 2980 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The Hawaii Legislature is hosting a public informational briefing on state funding for the City & County of Honolulu’s rail project at 10 a.m. Aug. 14 in the State Capitol auditorium....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
Rail Stations Designed to Profit KSBE, HECO, First Hawaiian
By Andrew Walden @ 9:34 PM :: 2176 Views :: Rail

...Cashing in at Middle Street, Kalapama, Iwilei....

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Sunday, August 06, 2017
The Grand Skim of Things (Part 1)
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1915 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...A Hawaii law dating back to 1955, which now can be found at HRS section 36-27, says that 5% of any special fund’s income will be paid to the state general fund to pay “central service expenses....”

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
Secret Rail Meetings at Legislature
By News Release @ 6:21 PM :: 2631 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

... If the funding of rail was all that was on the table it would be simple....

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017
HART officials to meet with bond rating agencies in San Francisco
By News Release @ 1:32 AM :: 1611 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...In addition to the bond meetings, on Tuesday Mayor Caldwell and Chair Manahan will tour electric bus manufacturer Proterra to examine emission free buses that could be brought to O‘ahu in the future....

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Sunday, July 30, 2017
Rail: Rod Tam Floats Magnetic Levitation
By News Release @ 10:59 AM :: 1635 Views :: Rail

...WELCOME to the PEOPLE’S PUBLIC HEARING ON RAIL....

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Saturday, July 29, 2017
Demanding best practices in rail accounting
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:51 PM :: 1576 Views :: Ethics, Rail

What does it say about the state of governance in Hawaii that endorsing basic standards of fiscal responsibility is a revolutionary act?

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017
Estimating Ride Hailing’s Bite out of Transit
By Selected News Articles @ 3:30 AM :: 1441 Views :: Rail

...Transit’s Precipitous Decline....

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Tuesday, July 25, 2017
$1.6B Available to Pay for Rail -- Without Raising Taxes
By Andrew Walden @ 4:54 AM :: 4509 Views :: Rail, Taxes

... we found $1.595B being siphoned off of Rail for non-rail purposes ....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Rail: 75% of Contracts Already Signed
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 5:51 AM :: 1374 Views :: Rail

.... CITYLAB --formerly Atlantic Cities-- covers the Honolulu rail boondoggle ....

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Saturday, July 22, 2017
Grassroot: Special Session Should Order Rail Audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:48 AM :: 1614 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...VIDEO: Grassroot Institute writer discusses audit of rail fiasco....

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Monday, July 17, 2017
HART Boardmember: Our Credibility has Disappeared, Nobody Knows Who is Responsible
By News Release @ 11:24 PM :: 3899 Views :: Ethics, Rail, Taxes

...Full Text: Letter to HART Boardmembers, Mayor and County Councilmembers from John Henry Felix....

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
HART's Latest Excuse: Blame Paulette Kaleikini
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:01 PM :: 2148 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... HART's current cost overrun is 93.4%, of which 1% is due to the two lawsuits ....

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Sunday, July 16, 2017
How Rail Bonds Can Help Put Local Politicians in Jail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2403 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...City officials were accused of certifying financial statements in 2002 and 2003 that were false because they failed to disclose that the city was purposely underfunding....

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Friday, July 14, 2017
Giving Rail Credit Where it Isn't Due
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:59 PM :: 1690 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money....

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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
Floating rail bonds could sink city credit
By Grassroot Institute @ 7:49 PM :: 1423 Views :: Rail

...rail leaders want to put $350 million on the city’s “credit card” to fund the project....

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Sunday, July 09, 2017
Mucking Around in the Past?
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1681 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...HART stunned critics by cancelling a special audit that would have examined past cost overruns....

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Friday, July 07, 2017
HART board chokes on forensic audit
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:36 AM :: 2264 Views :: Ethics, Rail

“It’s not my intent to muck around in the past.”

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Some reasons why the HART Board does not want to do a forensic audit
By Honolulu Traffic @ 10:25 PM :: 2091 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...a number of allegedly flagrant violations of the law including the following....

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Wednesday, July 05, 2017
Beyond Middle Street: Public Forum Discusses Options for Rail
By News Release @ 3:40 PM :: 2141 Views :: Rail
  • July 14-- Capitol Auditorium
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Saturday, July 01, 2017
Are you confused about the status of the $250,000 HART special audit?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:34 PM :: 1835 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...‘We made a screwy stupid decision back then.’ And I think going forward, that’s what I would like to do, unless there’s some critical issue where we suspect there’s like fraud or embezzlement or something....

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Friday, June 30, 2017
Video: Roth vs Anderson on GE Tax Hike
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 2233 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Either Anderson did not understand how the GE Tax works, or he pretended not to....

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