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The Conversation: Money Chairs Discuss State Budget Priorities

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State lawmakers are due back in session June 15th after passing a spending plan for the state last week. But there is still work ahead as key players try and sort through what to expect when it comes to money coming into our tax coffers and money from the Federal Government.

Major industries tied to tourism are hemorrhaging losses and small businesses are clamoring for relief as they struggle to keep their workers on the job with health insurance. This morning we hear from two key lawmakers at the state legislature, heads of the powerful money committees.

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Our guests were Senate Ways and Means Chair Senator Donovan Dela Cruz and Representative Sylvia Luke, House Finance Chair.

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Catherine Cruz is the Host of The Conversation and a member of HPR’s news team. She has been a television reporter in Hawai‘i since 1983 and has won a number of awards and respect from a statewide audience. She spent more than thirty years at KITV, covering beats from government to education and health. Originally from Guam, Cruz is also a co-founder and former Board member and programming chair of Pacific Islanders in Communication (PIC). Catherine is a graduate of San Francisco State University with a degree in Broadcast Journalism.
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