Foster parents are paid a monthly stipend of $529.
That amount set in 1990, has not changed in 24 years even though the cost of living has soared.
But on Monday budget conferees agreed to add $5 million dollars on the spreadsheets in an effort to compensate foster families more fairly.
"It is something that is long overdue but there was unanimous agreement in the House and Senate that we move forward," said Sen. David Ige.
For the first time, lawmakers also agreed to set aside vacation pay for government workers in a new approach to budgeting.
It is a change from the practice of using vacant positions to pay out the benefits, a budget shell game the House frowned upon last year.
"This is our way of trying to have more transparency and truth in budgeting," said Rep. Sylvia Luke.
Lawmakers hope to put the budget before Friday and still have to iron out differences on major issues.
Meanwhile other controversial bills are moving through conference committees this week although an anti-prostitution bill may have hit a snag.
"I see it as a poison pill and even if I wanted to pass it, I doubt seriously we would pass it in the House," said Judiciary chairman Karl Rhoads.
The bill initially grabbed headlines on a side issue of how far police officers could go to make a prostitution arrest.
The exemption permitting sex with suspects had been on the books for 25 years but lawmakers have reached agreement on closing the loophole.
The deal breaker could be new language in a section dealing with the arrest of a juvenile. He or she could catch a break after a first offense, something critics fear is akin to looking the other way when it comes to child prostitution.
A bill to raise the minimum wage is still in play.
The senate objected to a house version that would give business with 100 workers or less more time to hike the rate and offered another draft.
"It is ten ten over three years and instead of a 75 cent credit it is a 25 cent tip credit,” said Senate Labor Chairman Clayton Hee.
To keep up the pressure, a group of pastors went door to door lobbying lawmakers to pass out a bill that would help the working poor which they say are predominately women and the homeless.
Both bills will be taken up again Tuesday afternoon.
Budget conferees will meet again Thursday morning.