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Hawaii Senate panel restores some money to state budget

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - A Hawaii Senate panel has passed a version of the state budget that restored some funding that the House had stripped from its $25.8 billion budget. But the panel left several departments wanting more money.

The two-year state budget was passed by the Senate Ways and Means Committee Wednesday. Its next stop is the full Senate for a vote.

The Senate committee wants to increase spending for controlling invasive species and to allow the state parks system to spend more of its own revenues.

The panel also has approved funding to repair public housing structures, but it granted far less money than the agency requested.

Some funding was approved for a statewide sex abuse treatment center that had lost federal funding. But the appropriation also fell below the center's request.

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