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Use caution with budget

Ohio Senate Republicans have presented their own version of the state budget, which holds some appealing details.

It includes a 5% personal income tax cut over two years and increases funding for public schools.

It also changes the way in which state charter schools would be funded.

The proposal also includes a provision eliminating sales taxes paid by Ohio job employment agencies.

“It is a sustainable plan,” said Sen. Matt Dolan, R-Chagrin Falls, “which means, we can pay for this plan and the school districts can rely on it.”

Perhaps.

But Ohioans can be forgiven for wanting assurance about how lawmakers believe they can pay for this proposal, and for how long. For example, one of the cuts proposed is $200 million that was supposed to fund grants for expanding broadband service. That is one area that should be funded, not defunded, since many Ohioans lack adequate access to the internet.

That is especially true in our region, where entire communities may lack reliable, sufficiently fast internet service.

It appears there are good ideas to extract from state Senate Republicans’ proposal. In doing so, lawmakers must be careful not to throw out the baby with the bath water by ignoring the good ideas that have already been presented.

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