Lawmakers negotiate funding for final bills

 UPDATED 2:18 PM HST Apr 25, 2013
state Capitol

Key Hawaii lawmakers are deciding how to divvy up $30 million among several competing initiatives, including collective bargaining agreements and Gov. Neil Abercrombie's early childhood education initiative.

A budget committee approved the final version of the state budget Tuesday and left just $30 million for bills still being debated.

Abercrombie originally asked for about $32 million to fund a new preschool program but lawmakers have been reluctant to give it to him.

Sen. David Ige says that the state's negotiations with unions resulted in more expensive settlements than expected and delaying funding agreements on other proposals.

Abercrombie's plan to encourage innovation is also in limbo, along with proposals for more generous tax credits for the film industry and other industries.

Lawmakers have planned several meetings Thursday to discuss the bill.

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