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An up close look at the Ohio budget

June 30, 2013
By MARK THOMAS - T-L Political Analyst , Times Leader

As required by the Ohio Constitution, and facing a governor signing deadline of this date, Ohio lawmakers passed a new 2014-2015 $62 billion state budget this past Thursday. As expected, it passed the Ohio Senate by a 21-11 vote, with only one GOP defection, and by a 53-44 vote in the House, with seven GOP defections. Beyond that, the bill is being highly criticized by most Democrats and few Republicans and while Governor John Kasich has until today to veto budget line items, he will sign the bill into law. Some of the highlights of the budget include a net tax cut of $2.7 billion over three years on incomes and businesses, $700 million for more schools compared with the past two years, ties funding for state universities and colleges to graduation rates and an increase in Ohio's sales tax.



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