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Top lawmakers hesitant to spend

The state budget and other measures, including funds for public preschool, will be debated in coming weeks

By Derrick DePledge and B.J. Reyes

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 10, 2013

~~<p>State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday they are confident they have the money for a robust two-year state budget, but they are increasingly tentative about spending on tax incentives and new state programs because of the financial uncertainty in future years.</p>
<p>Lawmakers have positioned the budget and dozens of other bills for conference committee negotiations over the next few weeks, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie's early-childhood education initiative, an increase in the minimum wage, a loan program that would help consumers finance solar improvements, and the restructuring of solar tax credits.</p>
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State House and Senate leaders said Tuesday they are confident they have the money for a robust two-year state budget, but they are increasingly tentative about spending on tax incentives and new state programs because of the financial uncertainty in future years.

Lawmakers have positioned the budget and dozens of other bills for conference committee negotiations over the next few weeks, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie's early-childhood education initiative, an increase in the minimum wage, a loan program that would help consumers finance solar improvements, and the restructuring of solar tax credits. Login for more...



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