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A Partly Published LetterTHE HONOLULU ADVERTISER
July 8, 1992
To the Editor:
Your June 19 article tells us that once again a city-paid consultant has found that the city's rapid transit proposal would be good for the city. This is the same consultant, by the way, who devised the financial plan to raise $1,700,000,000 -- 70% of the total construction cost -by levying a 1/2% excise tax surcharge.
It doesn't take hiring well-paid economic consultants to tell us that pumping $2.3 billion into a small island's economy will create jobs and profitable business activity. So would spending money building and repairing schools, constructing thousands of affordable homes, improving water and sewage facilities, and repairing our crumbling infrastructure. Building a few over-passes at crowded intersections, some contra-flow lanes on the Pali and other highways, blocking off exclusive dedicated HOV and bus lanes in selected locations -- all these give employment and would do more to relieve traffic than rail, and would do it sooner.
Once again we are asked to believe that building rail will cost families with incomes between $30,00 and $50,000 only $21 per year per person with only $11 for those with $10,00 to 30,000. The Federal government ought to hire these magicians to solve our fiscal crisis there.
Four things are missing from these allegations:
Considering what national voodoo economics did to our country, let us not go down the same fiscal drain on Oahu.
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