Work On State Budget Continues

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Thursday, June 19, 2003 - 11:10 AM
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Dozens of amendments are being proposed to the 49 billion dollar state-spending plan agreed upon by House and Senate lawmakers. Legislators plan to continue working today on a bill that likely will go to the House and Senate floors for votes tomorrow. The compromise plan would levy a temporary one-cent sales tax increase on Ohioans and use up much of the 770-million dollars Ohio will get from the federal tax cut. Late last night, democrats agreed to provide some of the votes majority republicans need. That came after G-O-P leaders restored 70 million dollars in primary and secondary education funds they had planned to cut from the version of the budget passed by the Senate. State law requires Governor Taft to sign the budget by June 30th. Legislative leaders want to pass the budget bill by the end of this week.

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