Governor Signs New State Budget

POSTED BY: George Hiotis
Friday, June 27, 2003 - 04:18 AM
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Governor Taft has put his signature on the state’s next two-year budget and says he’s pleased that lawmakers increased income without asking voters to approve video slots machines at racetracks. Taft vetoed 29 sections of the 48-billion dollar budget. One of those sections is an amendment that would have hampered Secretary of State Kenneth Blackwell’s plan to replace voting systems in most counties. The budget includes a penny-per-dollar sale tax increase that lawmakers say will expire in two years. The increase is expected to raise two-point-five billion dollars in tax increases overall. Ohioans also will start to pay sales tax on services such as renting a storage locker, towing a car and having clothes dry-cleaned.

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