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Friday, June 30, 2017
Video: Roth vs Anderson on GE Tax Hike
By Video @ 2:53 AM :: 2238 Views :: Rail, Taxes

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

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Thursday, June 29, 2017
Honolulu rail clearly a fiasco
By Grassroot Institute @ 5:08 AM :: 1767 Views :: Rail

...things could have turned out differently....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Grassroot: Feds Should Audit Rail
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 5:24 AM :: 1781 Views :: Ethics, Rail

We hope that the Department of Transportation’s Office of the Inspector General will be moved to mount a comprehensive fiscal and engineering audit of Honolulu rail ....

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Wednesday, June 28, 2017
Not Satisfied With Merely Taking Land For Rail, Now The City Wants Blood
By Robert Thomas @ 4:36 AM :: 1992 Views :: Land Use, Rail

...Blood bank sues over city push to take land for rail.... 

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Cost-disbenefit analysis of rail
By News Release @ 7:54 PM :: 1487 Views :: Rail

... understated costs, overstated ridership, why it would be an environmental disaster, why it will use far more energy than cars, let alone buses ....

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Sunday, June 25, 2017
Anatomy of Epic Fail on Rail
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 1894 Views :: Rail, Taxes

To what or whom should we be looking for leadership to get us out of this mess?

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Friday, June 23, 2017
HART Cancels Audit: "It's not my intent to figure out what we did wrong”
By Selected News Articles @ 3:52 PM :: 2485 Views :: Ethics, Rail

... this week, the rail board cancelled a special audit designed to show taxpayers why the costs have ballooned so high ....

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Thursday, June 22, 2017
Honolulu rail project most expensive in the world
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:25 PM :: 3448 Views :: Rail

...there has never been a full independent audit investigating the rail for fraud, waste and abuse....

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Rail Tax Hike: Legislators Promise Special Session, but Cannot Agree on Date or Funding Mechanism
By News Release @ 1:33 AM :: 1652 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...no specific dates have been set for the special session and no rail funding mechanism has been agreed upon....

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Monday, June 19, 2017
Panos: Statewide Surface Transportation Challenges and Opportunities
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:05 PM :: 1945 Views :: Maui County, Rail

Stuck in traffic? Panos Prevedouros will share traffic solutions that will free up our state's gridlock and get traffic flowing again....

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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Oahu GOP: No Rail Tax Hike Special Session
By Brett Kulbis @ 1:36 AM :: 2225 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Island taxpayers are already struggling from paycheck to paycheck....

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Friday, June 09, 2017
Rep Thielen: Bring Rail Down to Earth
By Video @ 12:50 AM :: 1314 Views :: Rail

...Representative Cynthia Thielen (H District 50 Kailua, Kaneohe Bay) assistant Minority Floor Leader, discusses the Honolulu rail project with Randall W. Roth, JD,LLM....

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Thursday, June 08, 2017
GE Tax Hike Cornerstone of McDermott Plan to Rescue Rail
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 12:32 AM :: 1930 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...McDermott calls for Special Session....

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Friday, June 02, 2017
Where Pro-Rail and Anti-Rail Voices Agree
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 11:18 PM :: 1629 Views :: Rail

...it's something we should have done a long time ago....

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Friday, June 02, 2017
Supreme Court to Hear Rail Skim Lawsuit
By News Release @ 11:04 PM :: 2170 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Tax Foundation of Hawaii v. State of Hawaii on Thursday, July 6, 2017, at 11:15 AM at the Supreme Court Courtroom....

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Thursday, June 01, 2017
Caldwell: I’m Building Rail Along the Waterfront—But We Should Ignore That and Just Pretend to Believe in Climate Change Anyway
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 1832 Views :: Honolulu County, Energy, Environment, Rail

...Hawaii Legislators pledge to Keep Shoveling Money to Silicon Valley Billionaires like Elon Musk....

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Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Honolulu Construction Employment Down 1%–Maui up 8%
By News Release @ 9:35 PM :: 2676 Views :: Economy, Labor, Rail

...boom over, Honolulu down 300 jobs....

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Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Honolulu Rail Counting the Cost
By Video @ 4:27 AM :: 1421 Views :: Rail

...Law professor Randy Roth, who has a long history advocating for the public good, appears on E Hana Kakou with Dr. Akina to discuss why it is time to hold our government leaders responsible for the progress of the Rail....

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Saturday, May 13, 2017
Hawaii taxpayers about to get railroaded?
By Grassroot Institute @ 12:24 AM :: 1808 Views :: Rail, Taxes

But signs in the media, the Legislature and the governor’s office all point to a special session this summer where the tax hikes are likely to materialize....

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Friday, May 12, 2017
Caldwell appointments Ember Shinn to HART Board of Directors
By News Release @ 11:31 PM :: 1899 Views :: Rail

“During the time that Ember served as managing director, she oversaw the city’s capital budget and program – billions of dollars of construction projects...."

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Monday, May 08, 2017
Inouye Institute Event to Feature Trump’s Transportation Secretary
By News Release @ 10:56 PM :: 1849 Views :: Higher Education, Rail

...To perpetuate the legacy (Railroad) of the late U.S. Senator Daniel K. Inouye....

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Monday, May 08, 2017
Legislature acted responsibly in denying rail funding
By Selected News Articles @ 3:34 AM :: 2133 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Today's Star-Adv Labels what many consider a sensible decision as an “Epic Fail” in screaming all-caps....

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Sunday, May 07, 2017
The Rail Bill and Other Curiosities
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2759 Views :: Homelessness, Labor, Rail, Taxes

...Shut up or we’ll make you pay for rail too....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
Rail: Senate Remains open to Negotiate with House
By News Release @ 11:01 PM :: 1383 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...the Senate remains open to negotiate an agreement with the House to ensure adequate financing to complete the project, yet minimize the impact on the most vulnerable citizens of the community....

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Friday, May 05, 2017
De-Railing the Legislature
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 3:04 PM :: 1746 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the lack of dissent allows tax-and-spend policies to move smoothly through the Hawaii Legislature...until....

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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Video: House, Senate Fail to Agree on Rail Tax Hike
By Video @ 9:13 PM :: 1695 Views :: Rail, Taxes
If the two chambers can’t agree by Thursday, the funding bill will die….
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Tuesday, May 02, 2017
Boom Over: Honolulu Construction Jobs Down 4%
By News Release @ 2:03 PM :: 2029 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Construction employment in Urban Honolulu dropped 4% from 28,400 in March, 2016 to 27,200 in March, 2017 for a net loss of 1,200 jobs....

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Friday, April 28, 2017
Chaos: Rail Tax Bill Suddenly Turns into ‘Illegal’ 2.75% TAT Hike
By Rep Bob McDermott @ 9:55 PM :: 3509 Views :: Rail, Taxes, Tourism

...Shifting Burden to Hotels Will Hurt Tourism and Employment....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Cayetano to Trump: Cancel Federal Rail Funding
By News Release @ 2:56 PM :: 3057 Views :: Rail

...the Final Environmental Impact Statement concluded that rail would reduce traffic congestion by less than 2% and that “traffic congestion will be worse in the future with rail than what it is today....

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Friday, April 21, 2017
Desperate to Influence Conference Committee, Caldwell Pretends to Take Responsibility for Massive GE Tax Hike
By News Release @ 11:57 AM :: 2271 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...Caldwell introduces bill authorizing city to extend GET surcharge to pay for rail construction....

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Friday, April 14, 2017
House Approves Massive Rail Tax Hike and 37 Other Bills
By News Release @ 2:52 AM :: 2262 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes

...an additional $1.2 billion funding package for the City’s financially troubled rail project....

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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Caldwell Signs Tax Hikes, Spending Bills
By News Release @ 2:57 AM :: 2658 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

“This shows that the city is committed to funding and completing the rail project,” said Mayor Caldwell....

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Friday, March 31, 2017
Rickrolling Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 5:01 PM :: 1677 Views :: Rail

...city officials feel they have been given the green light to get the project finished, whatever the eventual cost might be....

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Monday, March 27, 2017
Here's why rail is going to cost $12 to $13 billion
By Honolulu Traffic @ 11:27 PM :: 2328 Views :: Rail

...this project started with a rock solid $5.3 billion projection cost....

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Thursday, March 23, 2017
Being Hypnotized by HART?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 9:44 PM :: 2356 Views :: Development, Rail

...the Honolulu rail boondoggle, Hoopili traffic impacts, smart city street intersections and rapid transit with Panos Prevedouros....

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017
Public-Private Partnerships: Study Examines New Options for Rail
By News Release @ 2:48 AM :: 3020 Views :: Rail

“Due to the at-risk private capital, Public-Private Partnerships often result in lower costs, less risk, and faster delivery....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
HCR103: State lawmakers want cost comparison of street level versus elevated rail system
By Rep Cynthia Thielen @ 4:28 PM :: 1729 Views :: Rail

This Resolution directs the State Auditor to conduct a cost comparison between completing the rail system from Middle Street to Downtown Honolulu with street level versus an elevated rail system....

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Friday, March 10, 2017
SB1183: A Victory for the People (for now)
By Keli'i Akina PhD @ 4:09 PM :: 1844 Views :: Rail, Taxes

It's true that the session is far from over. And this bill could certainly end up morphing yet again....

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Thursday, March 02, 2017
Salvage the Rail: Street Level Plan Can be Completed with Existing Funds
By News Release @ 6:48 PM :: 2374 Views :: Rail

Optional extension routes to Waikiki and the University of Hawaii could be made at a cost of $139 M/mile....

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
HART Ridership Projections - Fantasies, Fairytales and Alternative Facts
By Video @ 1:17 PM :: 1777 Views :: Rail

...HART’s wildly inflated rail ridership projections, the surging cost of the project, and pleas from the mayor's office to obtain more tax dollars....

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Sunday, February 12, 2017
UHERO Slams the Skim
By Tom Yamachika @ 4:01 AM :: 2052 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...the State is making a ton of money off the skim....

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Thursday, February 09, 2017
2017 Honolulu Rail: Advice to the Legislature
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 3:56 AM :: 2053 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Legislature should not approve any extensions of the GET and it should pass a bill directing the city to handle current and future deficits with its own resources. This offers hope for some accountability and cost containment....

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Tuesday, February 07, 2017
A 1-2 punch of tax proposals
By Rachelle Chang @ 12:25 PM :: 2533 Views :: Honolulu County, Education K-12, Rail, Taxes

The State kept 10% of the surcharge collected or $25.92 million – which is more than the Department of Taxation’s entire Fiscal Year 2016 operating budget of $24 million....

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Sunday, February 05, 2017
SB938: End the State Rail Tax Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:37 AM :: 1890 Views :: Rail, Taxes

the Department of Taxation has been allowed to keep a full 10% of the rail surcharge for the costs of administering it, despite the fact that the law directs DOTAX to calculate how much is required for its management of the surcharge, then return the remainder to the rail project....

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Friday, February 03, 2017
UHERO: The Exorbitant Cost of Collecting Honolulu’s Rail Surcharge Tax
By UHERO @ 1:43 AM :: 1902 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Hawaii’s State Government has unnecessarily profited from the Honolulu rail project....

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017
SB938: Eliminate DoTax 10% Rail Skim
By Grassroot Institute @ 4:58 PM :: 2293 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Grassroot Institute Urges Legislature to Act on Surcharge "Skimming"....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Trump infrastructure priority list focuses on Public-Private Partnerships--Does Not Include Honolulu Rail
By Selected News Articles @ 7:26 PM :: 2802 Views :: Rail

The document obtained by the Star proposes funding the projects as public-private partnerships, with half the money coming from private investment....

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017
Bill: Fund Rail by Sale of Development Rights
By Rep Gene Ward @ 3:13 PM :: 1517 Views :: Rail

"The State of Hawaii owns about 50% of the land along the rail corridor between Kapolei and downtown Honolulu and can raise millions of dollars through the sale of development rights...."

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Friday, January 20, 2017
Auditor: HART Audit Not Started
By News Release @ 11:56 PM :: 2476 Views :: Honolulu County, Ethics, Rail

Projects Not Started or Suspended....

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Thursday, January 19, 2017
Privatize: “Not one penny more for rail"
By Rep Gene Ward @ 1:08 PM :: 2116 Views :: Rail, Taxes

"We’ve got to wake up and sell development rights along the rail, like they do in Japan and Hong Kong."

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