COLUMBUS: Gov. Ted Strickland is delaying a scheduled $127.5 million higher-education payment to help keep the current budget balanced.
The Columbus Dispatch reported Wednesday that the Strickland administration will give state colleges and universities 11 monthly payments instead of 12 for the business year that ends June 30.
The move raises the question of whether the state, with an $8 billion hole going into the next two-year budget cycle, will be able to make up the additional payment.
Ronald Abrams, executive director of the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, said the schools he represents will treat the decision as a budget cut.
Strickland spokeswoman Amanda Wurst said universities and lawmakers were aware last year the payment delay was likely.