Wednesday, November 14, 2001

Senate GOP leaders propose cutting budget up to $830M




The Associated Press

        COLUMBUS — Senate Republicans on Tuesday announced a plan to balance a $1.5 billion budget deficit that includes more cuts to state agencies. House Republicans and Gov. Bob Taft both said they opposed the plan.

        Mr. Taft's current budget calls for a 6 percent across-the-board cut this year and next, or about $600 million.

        The proposal by the GOP-controlled Senate would make that an 8 percent cut, Sen. Jay Hottinger, a Newark Republican, said Tuesday. That would mean as much as $830 million in cuts.

        The Senate plan also borrows $309 million from Ohio's share of the national tobacco settlement, $209 million more than Mr. Taft proposed.

        And it eliminates a series of targeted business tax increases proposed by Mr. Taft and backed, in part, by House Republicans.

        The House will reject the Senate plan Thursday and send it to a joint legislative committee to work out differences between the House and Senate budget plans, said Jen Detwiler, spokeswoman for House Speaker Larry Householder.

       



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