Lawmakers pushing deadline on budget negotiations

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - House and Senate conference committee members met briefly Friday morning to continue negotiations on Hawaii's $11.2 million budget.

The conferees have been working since April 17 to reach agreement on the supplemental budget for fiscal year 2013.

The Senate wants to invest $500 million in capital improvement projects at state facilities to stimulate the economy. That's $200 million more than Gov. Neil Abercrombie requested.

The House, however, does not want to increase the state's debt.

The committee met for just a few minutes before recessing until 4:30 p.m. The unresolved budget leaves the fate of numerous fiscal bills uncertain on the final day for committee hearings.

The Senate has said it will stick to an internal 6 p.m. deadline. Last year, senators closed negotiations with bills still on the table.

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