HONOLULU (AP) — The latest draft of the Hawaii state budget removes funding for about 200 vacant positions in state agencies and sets aside about $15 million to compensate for federal budget cuts.
A committee made up of House and Senate negotiators disclosed their latest funding decisions on Monday evening.
Lawmakers announced millions in funding for information technology services and student transportation.
The committee plans to meet Tuesday for the last time to address funding for capital improvement projects and budgets for the judiciary and the Office of Hawaiian Affairs.
This is the last week for negotiations. By Friday, all fiscal bills have to be sent to the House and Senate clerks in their final drafts. The Hawaii legislative session ends next week on May 2.