Lawmakers agree on state funding for liabilities

Published  12:08 PM HST Apr 11, 2013
state Capitol
HONOLULU -

Hawaii lawmakers in both the House and Senate have agreed on funding for the state's unfunded liabilities for state employee benefits, invasive species control and the charter schools commission.

Lawmakers from both chambers met Thursday to debate the state biennium budget, although conference committees aren't scheduled to start until next week.

House Finance Committee Chairwoman Sylvia Luke says it is historic for lawmakers from both chambers to meet so early.  She says lawmakers want to avoid last minute changes and have more time to consider federal budget cuts.

Lawmakers decided to fully fund the charter school commission and dedicate $100 million and $117 million each year to unfunded liabilities.

Lawmakers also announced funding for library books, risk management and the Hawaii Health Information Exchange. They plan to meet again Friday.

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