Hawaii lawmakers to fund Big Island prison

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Associated Press

Posted on April 18, 2013 at 3:04 PM

HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii lawmakers have decided to fund the reopening of the Kulani Correctional Facility, along with positions and resources for several state departments including agriculture and health.

A group of lawmakers from both the House and the Senate met Wednesday evening in a conference committee to announce the latest compromises on the state budget.

Gov. Neil Abercrombie has pledged to reopen the Big Island prison and says it will add jobs.

Lawmakers also set aside money for doctors and elevator inspectors, along with services for the elderly and homeless.

Sen. David Ige said the committee has made tremendous progress and that lawmakers hope to wrap up budget discussions early next week.

But Rep. Sylvia Luke says anything can still happen because budget is still open for discussion.

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