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Friday, April 17, 2015
DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 1848 Views :: Hawaii Statistics, Rail

The number of commuters driving alone increased 74.2 percent from 253,680 in 1980 to 441,988 in the 2009-2013 period....

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Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Senate Passes Rail Surcharge Extension, State to Skim $496M
By Sen. Sam Slom @ 2:54 AM :: 2345 Views :: Rail, Taxes

Senators Russell Ruderman, Glenn Wakai, Lee Ihara, Mike Gabbard and Gilbert Keith-Agaran voted in the affirmative but with reservations.  A no vote at this stage serves to exclude the person voting no from participating in the Conference Committee....

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
Stop the Rail GET Surcharge Extension Bills
By News Release @ 5:38 AM :: 2052 Views :: Rail, Taxes

HB134 will be voted on this Tuesday - 4/14 - in the State Senate....

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Sunday, April 12, 2015
Rail Tax: If You Don't Ask You Don't Get
By Tom Yamachika @ 5:01 AM :: 2606 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...we are getting closer to a resolution on the two bills that are seeking to extend the life of the 0.5% Oahu county surcharge on our general excise tax....

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Thursday, April 09, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 2007 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The only way to contain costs is to force HART to live within its current means....

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Monday, April 06, 2015
Prosecutor: HART & OHA Auditing Firm Victim of 3-year, $500K Embezzlement Scheme
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 7668 Views :: Ethics, OHA, Rail

... from January 27, 2011, through and including January 27, 2014, Oki perpetrated four separate and distinct fraudulent reimbursement schemes against PKF Pacific Hawaii ....

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Wednesday, April 01, 2015
State DoT Stages Massive Traffic Jam Just in Time for April Fools Day Rail Tax Vote
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 3147 Views :: Rail

...at 9:30 a.m."the ZipMobile died"....

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Tuesday, March 31, 2015
88 hours stuck in Traffic: Honolulu 3rd Most Congested in US
By News Release @ 5:28 PM :: 3185 Views :: Honolulu County, Hawaii Statistics, Rail

...Delay per year with a 30 min commute -- 88 hours...

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Friday, March 27, 2015
UHERO: Despite Kakaako, Residential building permits fell last year
By UHERO @ 11:03 PM :: 3652 Views :: Development, Economy, Hawaii Statistics, Labor, Rail

...Assuming affirmative resolution of ongoing entitlement battles for Hoopili and Koa Ridge, single-family building will begin to pick up over the next two years....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Honolulu Auditor Releases Citizen Centric Report
By News Release @ 5:12 PM :: 2136 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

Characteristics receiving the lowest percentage of excellent or good ratings were the availability of affordable quality housing, cost of living, and traffic flow on major streets....

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Thursday, March 26, 2015
Eminent Domain And The Honolulu Rail
By Robert Thomas @ 4:59 PM :: 2279 Views :: Rail

...eminent domain, property rights, and the Honolulu rail project....

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Saturday, March 21, 2015
GE Tax: Significant negative effect to state economy
By Grassroot Institute @ 2:24 AM :: 1949 Views :: Rail, Taxes

...The current trend of increasing state and county revenues via various state tax increases and surcharges represents the sort of short-term planning that inevitably leads to economic troubles....

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Friday, March 20, 2015
Top Issues? Budget, Homelessness, Housing, Rail Tax, and Marijuana
By Selected News Articles @ 2:56 PM :: 2728 Views :: Homelessness, Rail, Taxes, Drugs

A report on the top state issues of 2015....

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015
Lawsuit: OE Local 3 Hawaiian Stabilization - multimillion-dollar slush fund for union bosses
By Selected News Articles @ 10:26 PM :: 4687 Views :: DHHL, Labor, Rail

...union members accuse union leadership of cavorting with the Japanese Yakuza and the Chinese Triads crime syndicates....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Leaked Docs: Wong, Dwyer, and Harry Mattson Got 26% of Kanaiolowalu Contracting Budget
By Andrew Walden @ 9:41 PM :: 5166 Views :: Akaka Bill, OHA, Rail

Contracts with the Office of Hawaiian Affairs (OHA) reveal hundreds of thousands of dollars in Kanaiolowalu “consulting” fees paid in 2012 and 2013 to Dwyer and Wong....

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Sunday, March 15, 2015
Video: House Republicans Speak Out on HB134 Rail Tax
By Video @ 4:23 PM :: 2427 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 :: 1616 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 :: 2348 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 :: 2259 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 :: 2956 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 :: 1850 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 :: 2478 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 :: 2497 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 :: 2443 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 :: 2627 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 :: 2343 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 :: 1722 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 :: 2664 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 :: 2155 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 :: 2919 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 :: 2296 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 :: 2494 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 :: 2764 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 :: 2455 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 :: 1652 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 :: 2507 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 :: 2174 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 :: 2604 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 :: 2474 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 :: 2244 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 :: 1923 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 :: 2218 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 :: 1755 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 :: 2165 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 :: 2907 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 :: 2171 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 :: 2077 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 :: 2276 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 :: 2921 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 :: 2334 Views :: Rail, Taxes

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

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