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$2.4 Billion Rescue Bill For Honolulu Rail Wins Final Approval

By Stewart Yerton

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20151016-0329 WDA RAIL SALVATION ARMY PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA This is the view of the progress of the construction of the HART mass rail transit project along Kualakai Pkwy near the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Center in Kapolei. PHOTO BY DENNIS ODA. OCT. 16, 2015.

The state House passes a bailout plan that includes a hotel tax increase and an extension of the general excise tax surcharge.

The Hawaii House of Representatives on Friday voted to approve the rail bailout measure, capping a five-day special legislative session marked by acrimonious exchanges between legislators and city officials — including Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell — who wanted more money.

The measure passed by a 31-15 vote, with five members excused.

The vote culminated months of work by legislative leaders who had to pick up the pieces after a previous effort to fund the financially foundering project fell apart in the final hours of the regular legislative session in May.

The bill now goes to Gov. David Ige, who has previously said he would sign a rail financing package.

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