Chances of approving on-time Ohio budget grow more uncertain
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The chances of Ohio lawmakers approving the state’s spending plan have grown more uncertain as a weekend voting session has been canceled.
The House and Senate must present Gov. Mike DeWine with the two-year budget that pays for schools, health care for the poor, prisons and dozens of other priorities in time for him to sign it by a midnight Sunday deadline.
Republican House Speaker Larry Householder on Friday canceled a planned Saturday session. The Senate still plans to meet Saturday.
A joint House-Senate committee is working through differences in the $69 billion spending bill, and a final proposal must be approved in up-or-down votes by both chambers.
A likely sticking point is between the Senate’s proposed 8% personal income tax cut and the House’s proposed cut of 6.6%.