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Buy America! For an Extra $3M this Time

Rail was in the news again. The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project.  The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen? The disqualification of Watts’ bid has to do with

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Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds

Those of you who have been following the saga of Honolulu rail know that the Honolulu City Council is considering an ordinance to extend the rail tax. Although the state Legislature passed and Governor Ige signed a law authorizing a five-year extension, the state law doesn’t extend the rail surcharge

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Grassroot Stands with Tax Foundation in Lawsuit Over Rail Surcharge

Watchdog Group Criticizes Lack of Transparency, Diversion of Taxpayer Funds Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii expressed support for the lawsuit filed to stop the state’s diversion of funds collected for the Oahu rail surcharge. The suit, which was filed by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, takes aim at the 10%

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Grassroot Institute Obtains HART Check Register

Transparency request represents important step in answering questions about Rail HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 29, 2015–While questions continue to be raised about funding and spending in the Honolulu Rail project, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has taken a step towards shining a light on the issue by obtaining the check register for

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Grassroot Testimony on The Rail Surcharge

March 19, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Sen. Will Espero, Chair Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB

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The “Rail” World, San Francisco

In a recent episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviewed LaVonda Atkinson, the now-famous whistle-blower on the San Francisco Rail project. Atkinson’s experience offers some important lessons for Hawaii. Not only in terms of how our Rail project has the potential to overrun costs and timelines in

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GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?

by Gaetano Venezia The city and county of Honolulu approved construction of a rail transit system in 2005 under the direction of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Stretching 20 miles from East Kapolei to Ala Moana, this $5.26 billion rail line is projected to partially open in 2017

Read More →

Honolulu Rail: Designed to Fail

by Panos Prevedouros Randal O’Toole, economist and author of several books on transportation and urban planning was in Honolulu last week where he spoke on two distinguished panels in Kapolei and in Honolulu.

Read More →

Buy America! For an Extra $3M this Time

Rail was in the news again. The low bidder for the Kamehameha Highway Stations Group appeared to be Watts Constructors, which bid $112.7 million for the project.  The job went to Nan Inc., which bid $115.8 million. Why did that happen? The disqualification of Watts’ bid has to do with

Read More →

Thumbing Our Nose at the Feds

Those of you who have been following the saga of Honolulu rail know that the Honolulu City Council is considering an ordinance to extend the rail tax. Although the state Legislature passed and Governor Ige signed a law authorizing a five-year extension, the state law doesn’t extend the rail surcharge

Read More →

Grassroot Stands with Tax Foundation in Lawsuit Over Rail Surcharge

Watchdog Group Criticizes Lack of Transparency, Diversion of Taxpayer Funds Today, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii expressed support for the lawsuit filed to stop the state’s diversion of funds collected for the Oahu rail surcharge. The suit, which was filed by the Tax Foundation of Hawaii, takes aim at the 10%

Read More →

Grassroot Institute Obtains HART Check Register

Transparency request represents important step in answering questions about Rail HONOLULU, HAWAII–June 29, 2015–While questions continue to be raised about funding and spending in the Honolulu Rail project, the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii has taken a step towards shining a light on the issue by obtaining the check register for

Read More →

Grassroot Testimony on The Rail Surcharge

March 19, 2015   To: Senate Committee on Transportation Sen. Clarence Nishihara, Chair Sen. Breene Harimoto, Vice Chair   Senate Committee on Public Safety, Intergovernmental and Military Affairs Sen. Will Espero, Chair Sen. Rosalyn Baker, Vice Chair   From: Grassroot Institute of Hawaii President Keli’i Akina, Ph.D.   RE: HB

Read More →

The “Rail” World, San Francisco

In a recent episode of E Hana Kakou, Grassroot President Keli’i Akina interviewed LaVonda Atkinson, the now-famous whistle-blower on the San Francisco Rail project. Atkinson’s experience offers some important lessons for Hawaii. Not only in terms of how our Rail project has the potential to overrun costs and timelines in

Read More →

GE Tax: Will Cost Overruns Lead to New Rail Showdown?

by Gaetano Venezia The city and county of Honolulu approved construction of a rail transit system in 2005 under the direction of the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART). Stretching 20 miles from East Kapolei to Ala Moana, this $5.26 billion rail line is projected to partially open in 2017

Read More →

Honolulu Rail: Designed to Fail

by Panos Prevedouros Randal O’Toole, economist and author of several books on transportation and urban planning was in Honolulu last week where he spoke on two distinguished panels in Kapolei and in Honolulu.

Read More →