June 29, 2016

Mostly clear

Ohio budget plan to go before state Senate, House

COLUMBUS — A nearly $56 billion, two-year state budget is ready to be debated on the floors of the Ohio Senate and House.

The spending plan would limit abortions in public hospitals, allow the state to lease the Ohio Turnpike, and provide tax breaks to Ohioans who invest in businesses within the state.

A Senate proposal to privatize the state lottery was removed from the bill. A plan to cut lawmaker pay also was dropped during lengthy negotiations that ended late Monday with a legislative panel approving the budget’s final language.

Votes could come as early as today in the state Senate and Wednesday in the House. Lawmakers have until Thursday to get the bill to Gov. John Kasich’s desk ahead of the new fiscal year that begins Friday, on July 1.