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Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Lingle: Rail survey by vested interests “misleading”
By Gov. Linda Lingle @ 11:33 PM :: 8513 Views :: Maui County, Education K-12, Energy, Environment

STATEMENT ON PEOPLE’S PULSE SURVEY – RAIL QUESTION

The Governor’s Office released the following statement in response to the recent People’s Pulse Survey question on the city’s proposed rail project. 

“The vested interest shared by the People’s Pulse Survey co-sponsors Hawai‘i Business Roundtable and Pacific Resources Partnership resulted in a poorly worded and misleading survey question.

“Also, the question failed to identify the Governor’s legal obligation to review and approve the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

“Under the law, the Governor must review the final EIS to ensure that it satisfactorily describes all impacts on the environment, economic and social welfare, and cultural practices; incorporates an objective review of opposing alternatives; and responds to each substantive comment received during the draft EIS review process.

“As part of this review, the Governor will conduct a thorough independent analysis whenever the City submits its final financial plan to determine whether or not the plan is financially feasible and sustainable, especially given the current economic situation and the revenue outlook.”

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RELATED:  How to slant poll results: 67% back results of Isle rail study

The poll, conducted by OmniTrak Group Inc., found that 67 percent of respondents feel that a decision on building a mass transit system should be based on the city's current environmental impact statement.  (real meaning: 2/3 are sick of enviro nonsense)

Twenty-two percent want the state to conduct its own study of the rail project's financial plan, according to the poll sponsored by the Hawaii Business Roundtable and the Pacific Resource Partnership union trade group.  (real meaning: only 1/5 like government studies)

(POLLSTERS: If you need some results for you client, tap into these two public sentiments.  Nobody likes enviros and nobody like government studies.)

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