To Donald, from Ben: Don't fund Honolulu's train
Former Hawaii governor Ben Cayetano took out a full page ad in Friday's Washington Post newspaper.
HONOLULU - Former Hawaii governor Ben Cayetano took out a full page ad in Friday's Washington Post newspaper. The letter calls on the President to terminate Honolulu's Full Funding Agreement for transit.
The ad said the following:
"Honolulu's rail project does not deserve a single dollar more from the federal government. It has become a poster boy of how politics, incompetence, disinformation and outright lies are at the root of wasteful projects which do little for the public except raise taxes."
The ad also notes that the city is at least $3 billion short and six years behind schedule.
The ad comes as the legislature decides next week on whether to extend the half percent excise tax an extra two years or another ten.
Honolulu Mayor Kirk Caldwell released the following statement:
"The people of O'ahu have now gone through three election cycles where rail was the issue of the day, and each time affirmed that rail should be completed as originally planned with 20 miles of guideway and 21 stations. In each of those elections, ads like the one that appeared in today’s Washington Post were paid for by those who oppose the project, as is their right under the First Amendment. I remain focused on working really hard to extend the city’s half-percent rail surcharge for at least another 10 years. This will allow the country’s first driverless train to reach all the way to Ala Moana Center and ensure a viable project. That’s what the people of O‘ahu expect, and that’s what I’m concentrating on."
Tune in to KITV Island News at 5, 6 and 10 as rail proponents react to this latest campaign.