Lawmakers Take Budget Negotiations Into Weekend Before Deadline
There are several issues on the table as the House and Senate look to agree on what's currently a $74.5 billion spending plan.
The House has a budget plan to put $2 billion into school funding in the next six years, $190 million into broadband, and a 2% income tax cut.
The Senate has a more short-term school funding plan, with no money going into broadband, and a 5% income tax cut.
Other policy changes are up to debate, such as a cut to an accountability program for publicly assisted child care facilities, stricter regulations for food stamp recipients, and a change to municipal tax refunds.
Leaders are also considering what to do with a surplue of $3 billion over original budget projections. Senate President Matt Huffman (R-Lima) says he would like to use that money to broaden tax cuts. House Speaker Bob Cupp (R-Lima) has said that is an option that remains a possibility.
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