Panel looks to finalize negotiations on Ohio’s $71B budget

Ohio Statehouse
Ohio Statehouse. (Photo/provided)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A negotiating panel of Ohio lawmakers is looking to finalize the details of the state’s spending blueprint.

The so-called conference committee meets Wednesday evening to go over the key sticking points in the $71.3 billion, two-year operating budget.

State funding for public schools, higher education and health care policies are among the areas of difference between the House, Senate and Gov. John Kasich.

The sweeping budget proposal would increase taxes on tobacco, freeze tuition at state universities and eliminate state taxes for certain small business income.

The Senate’s version of the bill maintains many of the House’s tax changes, including a 6.3 percent cut to the state income tax. That’s less than what the governor had proposed.

Kasich faces a June 30 deadline to sign it into law. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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