Explosive E-Mail Read in Senate Hearing

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A behind-the-scenes look at the bad blood troubling a controversial state contract emerged in a Senate committee hearing Wednesday.

The Hawaii Senate Ways and Means Committee weighed in on the tax department’s embattled $25-million dollar contract with a Montreal-based information technology company, CGI, for the first time since the resignation of Kurt Kawafuchi, the state’s former director of taxation. Kawafuchi has not responded to requests for comment on his decision to leave.

Donna Mercado Kim, the committee’s chair, read from an internal e-mail from the CGI project manager to an unnamed state

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