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Saturday, July 18, 2015
HART seeks applicants for vacancy on Board of Directors
By News Release @ 2:19 PM :: 4306 Views :: Rail

“We are looking for an individual who ... supports rail transit ...” said HART Board Chairman Ivan Lui-Kwan....

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Thursday, July 16, 2015
Ige Signs Rail Tax Hike, Demands HART Report to Him
By News Release @ 3:33 AM :: 6659 Views :: Rail, Taxes

The excise tax is an investment by the taxpayers of Hawai‘i and my job is to ensure that their hard earned money is being spent efficiently, effectively and productively....

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015
Congress Appropriates $250M for Rail -- Delegation, Mayor Keep Silent Until Ige Agrees not to Veto Rail Tax Hike
By News Release @ 10:40 PM :: 5644 Views :: Congressional Delegation, Rail

The U.S. House passed its FY 2016 transportation appropriations bill earlier this month, and the Senate bill was reported from the Senate Committee on Appropriations on June 25....

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Monday, June 29, 2015
Grassroot Institute Publishes HART Check Register
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:16 PM :: 5653 Views :: Rail

The HART check register can be viewed here ....

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Wednesday, June 17, 2015
Rail Creates Only 870 Local Jobs
By News Release @ 11:38 PM :: 5263 Views :: Rail

Remember This?  "Rail Construction Will Create about 10,000 jobs Each Year" ....

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Thursday, June 11, 2015
Rail: The Cost is the Benefit
By Panos Prevedouros PhD @ 1:18 AM :: 4723 Views :: Rail

"It must always be remembered how cost-effectiveness works in the public sector: the cost is the benefit."

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Tuesday, June 2, 2015
Fox, Henhouse: Caldwell Appoints Hanabusa to HART Board
By News Release @ 5:15 PM :: 5113 Views :: Rail
“The largest public works project in Oahu’s history demands the strongest possible oversight” -- Caldwell
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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rail: It’s Going to Be a Bumpy Ride
By Selected News Articles @ 6:31 PM :: 5096 Views :: Rail

At least two concrete columns have developed cracks and have had to be replaced....

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Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Rail Tax Hike: How They Voted
By Andrew Walden @ 1:14 AM :: 6776 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Senate 21-4 : House 39-12

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Thursday, April 30, 2015
Desperate to Push GE Tax Hike Thru, HART Pretends Property Tax Hike is Only Alternative
By News Release @ 3:07 AM :: 6795 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail, Taxes

Watch HART try to pitch a Property Tax hike in order to make the GE tax seem palatable....

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Thursday, April 23, 2015
HART GE Tax Receipts $9M Above Expectations
By News Release @ 9:54 PM :: 5117 Views :: Rail, Taxes
“We now have collected nearly $1.47 billion in local revenue funding for rail”
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Thursday, April 23, 2015
Tiny Honolulu Rail Stations Limit Capacity of $300M per Mile System
By Selected News Articles @ 2:18 PM :: 4747 Views :: Rail

Heavy-rail lines have much higher capacities because train lengths are limited only by platform lengths, which in most cases is 8 to 11 cars. But Honolulu is building a heavy-rail line whose platforms are only long enough to allow four 60-foot cars....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Auditor: City Unable to Track Federal Transportation Funds
By News Release @ 3:25 PM :: 5573 Views :: Honolulu County, Rail

...grants and appropriations had lapsed or were subject to de-obligation because project managers lacked accurate, complete and reliable information....

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Saturday, April 18, 2015
Desperate to Pass Rail Tax, HART Finally Agrees to Televise One Meeting
By News Release @ 2:12 PM :: 4441 Views :: Rail

‘Ōlelo to provide live television coverage of next week’s Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation’s (HART) Board of Directors meeting....

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Friday, April 17, 2015
DBEDT: Solo Commuters up 74%
By News Release @ 2:26 PM :: 4720 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 :: 5813 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 :: 5285 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 :: 6229 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 9, 2015
Rail Tax: 2022 Sunset is Only Remaining Check on HART Spending
By Natalie Iwasa @ 2:58 AM :: 5279 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 6, 2015
Prosecutor: HART & OHA Auditing Firm Victim of 3-year, $500K Embezzlement Scheme
By News Release @ 6:55 PM :: 13966 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 1, 2015
State DoT Stages Massive Traffic Jam Just in Time for April Fools Day Rail Tax Vote
By Selected News Articles @ 1:58 AM :: 5858 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 :: 7048 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 :: 9353 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 :: 5655 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 :: 5041 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 :: 5021 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 :: 7587 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 :: 9203 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 :: 11030 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 :: 6325 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 9, 2015
Video: Rail Line Property Owners Meet With Attorneys
By Robert Thomas @ 5:36 AM :: 4046 Views :: Rail

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

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Friday, March 6, 2015
Raise it Higher? GE Tax one among worst practices in fifty states
By Grassroot Institute @ 3:24 AM :: 6030 Views :: Rail, Taxes

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

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015
Rail Project Forum: Eminent Domain, Just Compensation, and Protecting Property Rights
By Robert Thomas @ 1:53 PM :: 5791 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 :: 6554 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 :: 4693 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 :: 6449 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 :: 6506 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 :: 5680 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 :: 5268 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 :: 5933 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 9, 2015
Rail to Make a Mess of Bus Service in Pearl City 'Until Further Notice'
By News Release @ 4:42 PM :: 4387 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 4, 2015
People's Pulse Contradicts Ward Poll: "Economy, Housing Remain at Forefront"
By News Release @ 3:06 AM :: 6862 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 3, 2015
Djou: How to Fix the Rail Mess
By Rep Charles Djou @ 8:56 PM :: 5023 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 :: 6189 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 :: 6049 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 :: 6986 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 :: 7116 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 :: 6021 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 :: 4312 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 :: 7037 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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