November 24, 2014

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Sweeping state budget bill faces vote in Ohio House

COLUMBUS — A sweeping state budget faces a vote in the Ohio House, the bill’s final stop on its way to Gov. John Kasich’s desk.

The $56 billion, two-year spending blueprint privatizes prisons and the Ohio Turnpike, repeals the estate tax, bans most abortions in public hospitals and overhauls Medicaid.

State senators voted Tuesday to approve the bill. A House vote is scheduled for Wednesday, and Kasich is expected to sign by Thursday’s deadline.

The budget measure emerged from compromise talks between the GOP-controlled House and Senate shortly before midnight Monday.

Republican Kasich has dubbed the legislation his “jobs budget” and touts the fact that it cuts taxes while closing a budget gap estimated at $8 billion when he took office in January. Labor unions have blasted the bill as anti-jobs.