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Posted: Friday, April 26th, 2013 9:10 AM HST

Hawaii committees approve union settlement funds

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) Hawaii lawmakers are moving forward bills to provide funding for collective bargaining agreements with nurses, teachers and correctional workers.

Committees of legislators approved the bills Thursday. The House and Senate still have to vote on the measures.

Sen. David Ige says higher-than-expected settlements in the state's negotiations with unions have delayed funding decisions for other proposed programs, including Gov. Neil Abercrombie's preschool initiative.

Lawmakers approved a draft of the state budget Tuesday that left just $30 million to divvy up among collective bargaining agreements and other measures still being debated in the Legislature.

Funding for proposals still in limbo should be clear by the end of the day Friday. Friday is the last day for lawmakers to approve the final versions of bills.

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