Hawaii House to vote on state's $16 billion spending plan

Hawaii House to vote on state's $16 billion spending plan

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - The Hawaii House of Representatives is planning to vote on the state's $16 billion spending plan for 2017.

Representatives will decide Wednesday how much money they want to spend on everything from school air conditioning to hospitals.

House Finance Chairwoman Sylvia Luke says she reduced Gov. David Ige's operating budget proposal by about $47 million.

Even so, the House version of the budget includes plans to spend at least $300 million more than the state expects to reel in.

Luke says she supports Ige's $30 million school cooling plan. But lawmakers haven't yet decided how to fund the proposal.

The House budget plan doesn't include $160 million to rebuild Hawaii State Hospital.

They included $380,000 for sex abuse treatment services, a program that faced reduced funding during tight fiscal times.

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