COLUMBUS: Ohioís budget director is taking issue with changes the Republican-led House made to tax policies, education funding and other areas of the governorís state budget proposal.

Budget director Tim Keen told reporters Thursday that the two-year, $71.5 billion budget passed by the House relies on revenue and Medicaid estimates that he calls optimistic. He says heís concerned with the planís amount of spending and its transfer of money from a fund designed for unplanned Medicaid expenses.

The House budget contains a smaller state income tax cut than what Republican Gov. John Kasich proposed. Keen said heís pleased the plan has the cut, but called it a missed opportunity to do more.

The Senate is now reviewing the budget, which funds state operations for the two years beginning July 1.