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The legislative session in Hawaii has come to an end after months of debates and lawmakers have passed hundreds of bills that could change the state’s landscape.

However, on the final day, a heated debate erupted over the state’s budget.

Critics of the budget argue that it does not support working families enough, despite having a surplus, and cuts millions of dollars from the Department of Education and the University of Hawaii.

Supporters of the budget claim that there were other wins, such as $15 million for Ohana Housing Zones and $5 million for permanent supportive housing for those earning 30% median income and below.

The budget did pass both the House and Senate, but there were questions about the originally proposed tax breaks.

Senate leadership says it is a possibility to take another look at more tax relief next session.

The bills that have made it through this session will now head to the Governor’s desk.

If the Governor intends to veto any bills, he must notify the Legislature by June 26th.

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