Hawaii lawmakers boost preschool funding, postpone decisions

Hawaii lawmakers boost preschool funding, postpone decisions

Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Legislative leaders say they've agreed to increase funding for a program that helps fund preschool for children from low-income families.

A budget committee with members from the House and Senate announced Tuesday they want to boost funding for Preschool Open Doors to $10 million.

That increase over the $6 million Gov. David Ige requested would allow an additional 600 children to participate in the program.

Lawmakers are meeting to iron out differences on how to spend the state's $13.5 billion budget for 2017. But they're waiting until the end to make the toughest decisions.

They haven't yet agreed how much to spend on homelessness services or affordable housing. They're also still negotiating how much money will go to the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands and many capital improvement projects.

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