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Where are federal funds?

July 26, 2012
Shelley Withers , The Maui Weekly

Mufi Hannemann recently sent me a flier with his supporter saying that he would be effective in Congress because he would be able to get us federal funds. If this is the case, I'd like to know why rail construction is already started and we still don't have the federal money?

Back in 2009, Mufi assured us the money was on the way. If he's so good at getting the money, why didn't he finish his job as mayor and make sure we actually got it? He locked all these contracts in place before we were even assured of federal funding. Now taxpayers have already paid $15 million in "change fees" and the construction hasn't even begun yet!

On top of that, even if he did get federal money, what would he do with it? We see now how his friend in Lychee Productions has been getting million dollar public relations contracts for the rail and no one even knows why they are being paid all this money.

Shelley Withers

Kea'au, Hawai'i Island



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