Senate committee deliberates state budget

Published  11:36 AM HST Mar 19, 2013
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HONOLULU -

The Senate Ways and Means Committee is wrestling with the 2013-2015 state budget.

The committee planned to meet Tuesday to debate the $23.25 billion proposal approved by the House.

Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Ige has said that the committee will take a second look at the House's decision to remove funding for more than 900 vacant state positions.

Hawaii Finance Director Kalbert Young says that some of the positions removed have been filled by temporary workers or are in the process of being filled.  He says others fill critical needs.

Young says that departments plan to advocate for funding for the governor's preschool plan and his innovation initiative, two highly publicized proposals that were glossed over in the initial House budget draft.

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