Hawaii Senate to vote on budget proposal

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii Senate plans to vote on its version of the state budget for the next two fiscal years, a $24 billion proposal that stops short of what the governor wants.

The Senate was expected to consider a proposal Thursday that would finance state operations with $11.9 billion in fiscal 2013-2014 and $12.1 billion in 2014-2015.

Sen. David Ige, chairman of the Senate Ways and Means Committee, says his committee's proposal is more conservative than what Gov. Neil Abercrombie proposed because the governor's budget exceeded projections from the Council on Revenues.

Ige says about $136 million has been reduced from what Abercrombie requested for general funds over both fiscal years.

But the senator says the budget still provides resources for education and other priorities.

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