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This week, the Honolulu City Council Budget Committee approved a widely supported resolution to conduct an “economy and efficiency” audit of the city’s over-budget and behind-schedule rail project, but it didn’t go far enough. That’s because, if approved by the...
This past February, Hawaii bitcoin customers learned that they would no longer be able to buy the digital currency from Hawaii banks. Since then, the price of bitcoin has catapulted to over $4,000 per bitcoin, up from $1,000 in February, which may have cost many...
Keli’i Akina, CEO and president of the Grassroot Institute of Hawaii, testified at an informational briefing held at the Hawaii Legislature on Monday.
Over the summer, we’ve seen respected voices across the state join the chorus to audit the rail.
The immediate cash flow problems of Honolulu’s rail project have been solved for the most part by the Honolulu City Council, which means there is no need for a special session at the Legislature.
There is a big difference between living in a state with rich people and living in a rich state.
News Update: Honolulu City Council Chair Ron Menor, on Thursday, Aug. 10, through his legislative aide, Mark Watanabe, said he referred Councilmember Trevor Ozawa's Resolution 17-199 to the Council's Budget Committee because of rail's fiscal implications for the...
Trevor Ozawa, Honolulu City Councilmember, has introduced a resolution calling for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART) to conduct an “economy and efficiency audit,” in order to determine “the causes for the cost overruns for the Honolulu high-capacity transit corridor project.”
Peggy Grande will speak on Maui on Saturday, August 5, 2017.
Hawaii may be giving millennials the short end of the stick when it comes to the state’s unfunded public pension liabilities.
Longtime journalist Mark Coleman talked recently about his article “Honolulu rail clearly a fiasco” with ThinkTech Hawaii host Tim Apicella, and suggested that now would be an ideal time to subject the over-budget, behind-schedule project to an independent forensic...
Presentation featuring Dr. Kyle Varner, former Hawaii physician.
The over-budget, behind-schedule rail is like the cousin who is always hitting you up for money.
HART plans to ask for $350 million in additional general obligation bonds every year for the next six years to keep the project moving forward to Ala Moana.
A respect for property rights and economic freedom can help provide housing for local families, said Dr. Akina at an affordable housing summit on Maui.
Members of the HART board supported a forensic audit to investigate the rail project, but then the audit was canceled.