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President wants everyone but himself to pay more
Topic - Blake Oshiro
Hawaii lawmakers are confronting a deadline to pass the state budget, but they're still deciding how to work out key issues that include a historic land-preservation deal and funding for a slew of nonprofits.
Hawaii lawmakers have several issues on their agenda as they get set to report for the 2014 legislative session Wednesday.
Of America's 7,382 state legislators, only 85 are openly gay or lesbian. They are, however, playing an outsized and often impassioned role when the agenda turns to recognizing same-sex couples with civil unions or full marriage rights.
But the governor had provided the Legislature with a report on Nov. 30, explaining that he was working on negotiating the deal throughout the session, said Blake Oshiro, Abercrombie's deputy chief of staff.
"I'm not sure why there's a misunderstanding," Oshiro said. "The governor put $40 million in his budget submittal back in December, and he talked about it in the State of the State, so I'm not clear how they would believe this wasn't an issue for this session."