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Ohio House panel set to further alter budget bill

By admin Published: May 3, 2011

Ann Sanner
Associated Press

COLUMBUS: An Ohio House panel is poised to make additional changes to its $55.6 billion state budget proposal, and then likely vote to send it to the full Republican-led House.

The House Finance and Appropriations Committee planned to meet Tuesday to debate changes to the two-year spending plan.

Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) GOP colleagues are already looking to alter his proposal to eliminate the state's estate tax and offer the lower in-state tuition rate to Ohio high school graduates who left the state up to a decade ago.

Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz (OHM-stuts) says more than 200 amendments have been offered to the revised measure, and lawmakers will continue to review them.

The full House is expected to vote on the budget proposal Thursday. It then goes to the GOP-controlled Senate.

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