HONOLULU (AP) - Hawaii Senate and House lawmakers plan to spend the beginning of this week in negotiations over roughly $24 billion in proposed state spending for the next two fiscal years.
A conference committee reconvenes today, led by the head of each chamber's primary spending committee, Senate Ways and Means Committee Chairman David Ige and Rep. Sylvia Luke, chairwoman of the House Finance Committee.
The chambers have already agreed on most spending but have yet to tackle some major issues, like funding for a statewide preschool program. They're building toward a plan that they hope both chambers will pass and send to Gov. Neil Abercrombie.