June 28, 2016

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Ohio Senate to take up $55.7 billion budget plan today

COLUMBUS — The Ohio Senate is set to debate a $55.7 billion state budget that pushes more money to high-performing schools, while making such hefty policy changes as banning abortions at public hospitals.

The Republican-led chamber is expected to vote Wednesday on the two-year spending blueprint.

Senators have made a variety of changes to the budget bill since it passed the House last month.

The Senate plan would eliminate the governor’s proposal to more closely tie teachers’ pay to their students’ performance. They’ve also directed more dollars to local governments and proposed a 5 percent cut to lawmakers’ base salaries.

Legislators in both chambers would have to work out their differences between the two budget plans before June 30. The bill covers spending for the two years beginning July 1.