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Hawaii's $13.7B budget funds housing, health, schools

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By CATHY BUSSEWITZ
Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii lawmakers have passed the state's $13.7 billion budget for 2017. They're providing funding for affordable housing development, new classroom facilities and the Department of Hawaiian Home Lands.

The bill also includes funding to boost the state's team that fights mosquito-borne diseases.

House Finance Chairwoman Rep. Sylvia Luke says this will help the state fight outbreaks of dengue fever that infected more than 260 people on Hawaii's Big Island. That funding will also help the state prevent a local outbreak of the Zika virus, which Luke says would be detrimental to its citizens and the state's economy.

The budget includes funding for homelessness services, and it spends more money on public school classroom supplies.

Legislators are passing dozens of bills during the final week of the 2016 legislative session.

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