The state's budget problems will make it more difficult for Ohio's counties to watch out for and protect the elderly. State law requires counties to investigate claims of abuse, neglect and exploration of people 60 and older. But under Govenor Taft's proposed two-year budget, counties would get no state money to do the job. One state official warned Taft that the counties wouldn't be able to maintain the current level of service if he didn't restore the two-point-three million dollars in state money for each of the next two years. A Taft spokesman says it's one of many tough decisions the Govenor had to make in balancing the budget in this turbulent economy.