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September 4, 2017

Think About It: Rail, Rail, The Gang’s All

"I'll be back". Those were the now immortal words of "TheTerminator", Arnold Schwarzenegger at the police station, before he walked outand then rammed his car through the front door to announce that he was back. Itmight go down differently here, one would hope, but does anyone believe we'vereally heard the last of the cajoling and pleading for more money for thetransit system?

After all, this project is not expected to be finished forat least eight more years, and we all know what can happen between now andthen. New administrations, snafus, and findings, unexpected hiccups, weatherdelays, labor issues, etc. Oahu State Senator Laura Thielen framed the futurewhen she suggested that the next mayor will be back asking a future statelegislature for even more funds, and blame the previous mayor. It's always niceto see your problems far in advance as you ponder that's there's not much youwill do about them.

Oh, that three year extension to the general excise taxsurcharge? Is that really t the absolute end of the request for funds? Ever? Finally,saying the increase to the hotel tax is "just 1% more", is somewhat of ahalf-truth, as moving that tax from 9.25% to 10.25% is actually an 11% taxincrease for visitors. The rail hasn't come close to hitting Kalihi or downtownyet; just wait for that excitement to begin on this money train. Think aboutit… 

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