COLUMBUS: Ohio’s budget director has asked state agency leaders to prepare two spending plans for the next budget cycle, with one based on current funding levels from general revenue and the other assuming a 10 percent cut.

It’s an initial step in figuring out the next budget, which must be settled by July 2013.

Preparing for no growth has been typical for Ohio in the troubled economic environment of recent years. The Plain Dealer in Cleveland reports the Monday guidance from Republican Gov. John Kasich’s administration matches a planning request made by Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland’s administration in 2010.

The current state budget director says Ohio’s fiscal rebound has been “sluggish.” He says the state must be careful with its resources, even as officials are predicting modest growth.