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Candidate for governor: The rail should end at Middle Street

(Image: Clayton Hee/Facebook) (Image: Clayton Hee/Facebook)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

The newest candidate in the race for Hawaii Governor, Clayton Hee, announced in a Facebook post on Friday that the City's rail project should end at Middle Street. 

Hee argues that the $8.2 billion to fund rail to Middle Street is already in place, and that if the rail doesn't stop there — the cost could go up to $13 billion.

"The truth is, rail is sucking the financial oxygen out of the entire state," Hee said in the post. "Thus limiting the state's ability to pay for more important issues like teacher shortages and education ... and that's simply unacceptable."

The former Hawaii representative and state senator says that the bump in cost for rail would would be virtually be completely paid by local taxpayers throughout the islands.

"You know, people say that rail is a county issue. It is not," Hee said. "For if that were true, then why is it that neighbor islanders are also paying for rail?"

Hee is considered the underdog in the Hawaii Governor race against incumbent Governor Ige and U.S. representative Colleen Hanabusa.

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