Senator Talks Budget, Senate Bill 5

by Brittany Harris on May 7, 2011 at 5:47 am

Senator Jimmy Stewart made a stop in Malta on Saturday to visit with locals at the annual Mother’s Day flea market.

Senator Stewart said many people have been approaching him with their concerns over the state’s budget. It was passed earlier this week by the House and will now move on to the Senate for review.

"We’ll be having hearings on it for the next three or four weeks, plan to make some pretty significant changes to what the House passed," said Senator Stewart.  "We’ll try to reconcile with their version and then it will be on to Governor Kasich’s desk sometime in the middle of June we hope."

As for the controversial Senate Bill 5, he said the state needed to tighten its belt and the passage of that law was one way of doing it. He does not think it will be repealed.

"I think you’ll see one of the most contentious elections, it will probably make the Strickland and Kasich election look pretty tame, but I believe ultimately that it will not be repealed," said Senator Stewart.

More than 230,000 signatures are needed by June 30th in order for it to be placed on the ballot next November.