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Hundreds of senior citizens are rallying for lawmakers to spend government money to maintain meal delivery and other programs.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie and other legislators Tuesday told the demonstrators they would work to support senior services.

The march and rally was organized by AARP and Lanakila Meals on Wheels, which want the state to continue spending nearly $5 million a year for programs including home-delivered meals, bathing services, transportation, grocery shopping and adult day care.

Seniors paraded around the Capitol rotunda, carrying signs saying "end senior hunger," "support seniors" and "prevent costly care."

Service levels are being threatened by the state’s financial problems, which are causing lawmakers to consider program cuts and tax increases.

The AARP is opposing proposals to start taxing retiree pension income.


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