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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 2208 Views :: Rail, Republican Party, Taxes

...0.25 per cent rate, beginning January 1, 2017. Amends the administrative fee for the collection of a county surcharge by the State....

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Monday, March 09, 2015
Video: Rail Line Property Owners Meet With Attorneys
By Robert Thomas @ 5:36 AM :: 1499 Views :: Rail

..."just compensation and damages" are required by the constitution....

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Friday, March 06, 2015
Raise it Higher? GE Tax one among worst practices in fifty states
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 2175 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...And the poorer you are, the more of your income goes to GE Tax....

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Wednesday, March 04, 2015
Rail Project Forum: Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, and Protecting Property Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 1:53 PM :: 2078 Views :: Land Use, Rail
Date: Tomorrow, Thursday, March 5, 2015
Time: 6:00 - 7:15 p.m.
Location: Farrington High School Cafeteria
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015
HART Directors' Secret Discussion: State May Grab 25% Cut to Ease Passage of GE Tax Extension
By Andrew Walden @ 2:30 PM :: 2751 Views :: Rail, Taxes
HART Chairman Don Horner suggests the State's surcharge will be raised to 25% even though such a move would "result in a deficit in anticipated GET revenues."
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Hitachi Buying Honolulu Rail Contractor Ansaldo
By Selected News Articles @ 5:13 PM :: 1708 Views :: Rail

Italy’s largest union, Cgil, called for “a meeting with the government to discuss the possibility of blocking the sale to protect jobs and one of the country’s strategic industries.”

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Sunday, February 22, 2015
Seminar: Your Rights When HART Comes to Take Your Property
By Robert Thomas @ 9:25 PM :: 2279 Views :: Rail, Small Business

...Thursday, March 5, 2015, from 6:00 - 7:15 p.m. at the Farrington High School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In Hawaii, The State of Liabilities, The Cost of Rail is Just the Beginning
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:20 PM :: 2274 Views :: Labor, Rail, Taxes

Liabilities everywhere: The rail project, the failing state hospital system, overdue maintenance on state buildings and campuses, underfunded public worker pensions and health insurance, and so much more....

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015
Full Text: Rail Cost Engineer on 'Billion Dollar Mile'
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 12:12 AM :: 2288 Views :: Rail

...a brood of unethical government contractors and incapable government enforcers....

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Friday, February 13, 2015
Rail: Engineer Exposes The Hows and Whys of Cost Overruns
By Grassroot Institute @ 1:07 PM :: 2470 Views :: Rail

...managers had set up a special module in the cost reporting software that allowed them to change prices....

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Small Business Caucus Backs HB266 Regulatory Review Board
By News Release @ 9:18 PM :: 2128 Views :: Rail, Small Business, Taxes

...Small Business Caucus of the Hawaii State Legislature today announced its priority list of bills....

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Monday, February 09, 2015
Rail to Make a Mess of Bus Service in Pearl City 'Until Further Notice'
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 1569 Views :: Rail

Beginning tomorrow, Tuesday, February 10, 2015, and until further notice, Routes A, 40, 42, 53, and 62 buses traveling westbound on Kamehameha Highway from Kaahumanu Road to Waiawa Road will be detoured between 2 and 7 p.m. Monday through Friday....

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Wednesday, February 04, 2015
People's Pulse Contradicts Ward Poll: "Economy, Housing Remain at Forefront"
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 2479 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

Housing / homelessness is now the new hot button concern, increasing from 6% to 17% over the past year, overtaking Education as well as infrastructure, covering roads and mass transit....

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
Djou: How to Fix the Rail Mess
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:56 PM :: 2012 Views :: Rail

...we now need a more responsible and accountable government that is going to actually complete this project the right way without corruption, massive additional cost over-runs and more taxes....

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Friday, January 30, 2015
Okino, Djou: End the State Skim on Rail Funds
By News Release @ 6:27 PM :: 2762 Views :: Rail

Okino was the principal advocate for rail when the City Council originally authorized the project. Djou lead the opposition to rail on the council....

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015
7 issues to analyze in the 2015 Hawaii legislature
By Rachelle Chang @ 6:32 PM :: 2063 Views :: Hawaii State Government, Rail, Taxes
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
City to hold second Airport Area TOD community meeting
By News Release @ 6:46 PM :: 2278 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...Monday, Feb. 2, at the Aliamanu Middle School Cafeteria, 3271 Salt Lake Blvd., from 5:30-7:30 p.m....

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rail Fail: Hawaii Ranks 49th--Lost 4.5% of Construction Jobs in Last 12 mos
By Andrew Walden @ 3:06 PM :: 2545 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

Making excuses for price-gouging rail contractors, HART Director Daniel Grabauskas points to the “red-hot construction market” as the cause for HART cost overruns....

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Saturday, January 24, 2015
Protest Rail Tax Hike Monday Jan 26
By News Release @ 4:38 PM :: 2280 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Monday, Jan 26, 2015, hearing starts at 2:30pm, State Capitol Auditorium

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Accountability for Big Infrastructure Projects?
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 8:47 PM :: 1531 Views :: Rail

Long term risks to taxpayers: How Projects Get out of Control Using the Wrong Procurement Methods....

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015
Going forward and looking back at the Honolulu City Council
By Rachelle Chang @ 11:11 PM :: 2289 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

...keeping the Oahu half-percent rail surcharge in place will only encourage lawmakers to increase the surcharge whenever there is a rail transit shortfall....

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Saturday, January 10, 2015
Video: Will Rail Be De-Railed? - Panos Prevedouros
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:28 AM :: 2047 Views :: Rail

Professor and Transportation expert, Panos Prevedouros joins host Keli'i Akina to discuss Oahu's fixed-rail project....

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Monday, January 05, 2015
Hawaii Election 2014: Public Sector Unions Defeat Private Sector Unions
By Selected News Articles @ 12:09 PM :: 2406 Views :: Labor, Rail, Republican Party

The goals of public and private unions are diverging....

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Thursday, January 01, 2015
Chinese Consortium Makes Binding Offer to Buy Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 5:41 PM :: 2332 Views :: Rail

...with projects in Venezuela, Libya, Georgia....

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Wednesday, December 31, 2014
Can You Say 'Train Wreck'?
By Video @ 9:40 PM :: 2099 Views :: Rail
Would You Buy A Car From A Company That's About To Derail?
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Monday, December 22, 2014
HART advertises first package of rail station contracts
By News Release @ 8:26 PM :: 1770 Views :: Rail

West Loch, Waipahu Transit Center and Leeward Community College stations....

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Monday, December 22, 2014
Commuter-Adjusted Daytime Population on Oahu
By News Release @ 7:16 PM :: 2053 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...how many workers commute in and out of the area on a typical workday? ....

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Friday, December 19, 2014
HART: ‘Begin the discussion now of extending the existing half-percent GET surcharge’
By News Release @ 4:17 PM :: 1616 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) announced several steps to explore new revenue sources in an effort to worsen your financial challenges....

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Friday, December 12, 2014
Smart Growth v. Suburbanization Score is 0-1
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 2:37 AM :: 1976 Views :: Development, Rail

...urban trends are driven more by the masses and less by the political, academic and "environmental" elites that love to dictate how the hoi polloi should live....

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Sunday, November 30, 2014
Nobody Commits to Buy Ansaldo: Deadline Extended Again for Parent Company of Honolulu Rail Contractor
By Selected News Articles @ 3:49 PM :: 2712 Views :: Rail

Delays to asset sales have prompted credit ratings agencies to downgrade the company to junk....

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Friday, November 14, 2014
City to host free TOD symposium Saturday, November 22
By News Release @ 10:10 PM :: 2018 Views :: Development, Rail

Saturday, Nov. 22, at the Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall....

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Friday, November 14, 2014
As the Nation Turns, Hawaii is Still Driven
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 6:00 PM :: 1900 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

“Hawaii’s driving never really went down – it just flattened out and then started going up again as opposed to the mainland, which made a U-turn....”

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Friday, November 07, 2014
Waipahu Rail Development -- Zoning Meeting
By News Release @ 10:54 PM :: 2124 Views :: Development, Rail

The meeting is set for 6:30-8:30 p.m., Nov. 13, in the Waipahu Intermediate School Cafeteria....

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Friday, October 31, 2014
Panos: Next Governor Should Focus on Transportation, Energy
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 7:48 PM :: 2669 Views :: Energy, Politicians, Rail

The renewable mandates make Hawaii more unaffordable and the mothballed interisland cable is yet another boondoggle....

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Saturday, October 25, 2014
$40.8M Missing: Rail GE Tax Revenues Short Again
By News Release @ 2:50 AM :: 2174 Views :: Rail, Taxes

10% shortfall--just happens to equal the State's override for collecting the tax....

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Sunday, October 19, 2014
Former Execs of Honolulu Rail Supplier Parent Company Get Two Year Prison Term
By Selected News Articles @ 6:35 PM :: 2473 Views :: Rail

...paying tens of millions of euros to Indian officials including a former Air Force head through intermediaries and falsifying invoices to win a high-profile contract....

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014
Ige Wants To Charge $500 For Parking In Downtown Honolulu!?
By News Release @ 2:40 PM :: 2945 Views :: Politicians, Rail, Cost of Living

"Senator Ige's latest extreme proposal clearly demonstrates that the cost of living in Hawaii is at the bottom of his list of priorities...."

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Six Council Members Bought Off by Lobbyists, Key Rail Votes may be Nullified
By Selected News Articles @ 5:18 PM :: 3514 Views :: Ethics, Rail

...Key votes on the city rail transit project and other issues might be invalidated because Honolulu City Council members failed to disclose conflicts of interest after being wined and dined by lobbyists....

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Friday, September 19, 2014
Panos: Hoopili Traffic Assessments Untruthful
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:47 AM :: 2871 Views :: Honolulu County, Development, Rail

...Hoopili’s traffic impact will be immense with or without rail....

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014
Rail Opening Delayed One Year as Budget Busting Bids Tossed Out
By Selected News Articles @ 11:13 PM :: 1877 Views :: Rail

...HART is throwing out three bids for the first nine stations in the city’s $5.16 billion rail transit project....

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Wednesday, September 03, 2014
GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?
By Selected News Articles @ 2:29 PM :: 2818 Views :: Rail, Taxes
By their own admission, HART executives underestimated the effect of litigation on construction costs and schedules. Will they now underestimate their ability to push through an unpopular tax hike?
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Friday, August 29, 2014
RAILROADED: Rail construction Could put Small businesses out of business
By Malia Zimmerman @ 5:51 AM :: 2164 Views :: Rail

Cliff Garcia operates Tropical Lamps & Shades on land his family has owned in the Kakaako district near downtown Honolulu for the past 70 years....

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
HART: Only 743 Local Jobs Created by Rail Work
By News Release @ 11:33 PM :: 2659 Views :: Labor, Rail

September 14, 2011: "The city initially claimed that rail would create 17,000 new jobs during the construction phase..."

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Yakuza? Triads? Technicalities Shred $50M Racketeering Suit Against Pro-Rail Hawaiian Stabilization Fund
By Selected News Articles @ 4:45 PM :: 3647 Views :: DHHL, Ethics, Labor, Rail

...Judge Chen found that all of the union members' allegations regarding the Hawaiian Stabilization Fund involve state-law causes of action over which the federal court has no jurisdiction....

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014
City to Discuss Ala Moana TOD Plan
By News Release @ 2:10 PM :: 2265 Views :: Development, Rail

...6 p.m., August 27, in the Washington Middle School Cafeteria....

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
The Incompetence of HART: Cheapest Bid for 9 Stations Comes 75% Over Budget
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 10:28 PM :: 1828 Views :: Rail

These nine stations are the relatively easy ones to build... A couple of them are in empty fields....

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Monday, August 18, 2014
Not Red Hot: Hawaii Construction Employment Drops 1.4%
By News Release @ 9:01 PM :: 2377 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Rail boss Grabauskas blames "red hot" construction market for rail cost overruns, but....

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Monday, August 11, 2014
2 PRP Candidates Win, 3 More Head to General
By News Release @ 10:57 PM :: 2547 Views :: Labor, Politicians, Rail

... News Release from PRP Frontgroup "Forward Progress" ....

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Friday, August 01, 2014
State Administrator Admits Federal Highway Dollars in Jeopardy
By News Release @ 8:13 PM :: 2369 Views :: Politicians, Rail, Republican Party

Unless the State elects a Republican to represent its needs and projects, Hawaii’s current all-Democrat delegation will have no seat in the majority caucus where decisions are made....

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Friday, July 25, 2014
HART Receives $49.5 M GET Revenue, Buys Embossed Column
By News Release @ 10:38 PM :: 1620 Views :: Rail

"We now have collected nearly $1.3 billion in surcharge revenue for rail construction...."

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