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July 16--Gov. David Ige approved a five-year extension of the half-percent excise tax surcharge on Tuesday to raise more money to cover cost overruns on Honolulu's $6 billion Oahu transit project, and also put his personal stamp of approval on a plan to establish a statewide network of dispensaries to distribute medical marijuana. The excise tax surcharge was originally scheduled to expire in 2022, but House Bill 134 extends the surcharge on Oahu residents until 2027. Comment?
Honolulu's first-ever all-electric hybrid bus and its first ambulance-bus were rolled out by Mayor Kirk Caldwell last week. The city has purchased four hybrid electric buses, manufactured by BAE Systems, each fitted with a $1 million electric propulsion system. Comment?
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