Friday, December 13, 2002

Finan: Taft may have to cut increases for schools

By John McCarthy
The Associated Press

COLUMBUS - Gov. Bob Taft can help cover a deficit in the next two-year budget by cutting the increases projected for primary and secondary education, Senate President Richard Finan said Thursday.

That, however, would be one of the "very, very last" programs the governor would cut, Taft spokeswoman Mary Anne Sharkey said.

Mr. Taft, Mr. Finan and House Speaker Larry Householder believe that Ohio cannot raise enough money to cover projected spending in the two years that begin July 1.

Mr. Taft said it's too early to tell how big the deficit will be. Mr. Householder believes it will be at least $3 billion and Mr. Finan thinks $1 billion.

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