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Gov. Abercrombie: Hawaii state budget imbalanced

June 9, 2014 - 3:27pm

HONOLULU — Gov. Neil Abercrombie is saying that Hawaii’s state budget is not balanced.

Abercrombie said Monday that he will have to veto some of the Legislature’s proposed spending so that the numbers will add up.

He explained that the budget bill and the bond authorization bills are supposed to be in balance, but they are not.

To solve the problem, Abercrombie says he will veto about $45 million in proposed spending by the Department of Education for its facilities improvement projects.

State budget director Kalbert Young says the Department of Education has agreed to the change and has said the reduced funding will not cause delays to current projects.

Young says lawmakers will have to reinstate those funds when they return in the next legislative session.