Legislative leaders issued a joint statement on the 2016-17 state budget Thursday night:
We are pleased with the progress President (Tom) Lee and Chair (Richard) Corcoran (the Senate and House budget chiefs) have made and are optimistic we will be ready to begin the budget conference this weekend.
We will update you as early as possible tomorrow, so you can make the appropriate travel arrangements.
Thank you for your patience as we work through this important process. We look forward to providing you with more information as soon as possible.
President Gardiner and Speaker Crisafulli
Stay tuned for an update Friday morning …