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State Budget Bill Clears Conference Committee

Ohio Public Radio

Facing an end-of-the-week deadline for the two-year state budget bill to be signed by the Governor, state lawmakers will vote on it today. The bill was worked out in all day negotiations with the conference committee on Tuesday. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

“With four affirmative votes, two negative votes, Amended Substitute House Bill 49 is favorably reported.”


Conference Committee chair Ryan Smith (R-Bidwell) noted the party line vote for the budget, which includes a freeze on enrollments in Medicaid expansion next year. Governor John Kasich’s Office of Health Transformation says up to half a million people could lose coverage. He’s touted Medicaid expansion as a tool to fight the opioid crisis, and though there’s an exemption for the mentally ill and drug addicted, that provision is considered a likely veto target. The budget had to be trimmed because of a projected billion dollar shortfall. And the budget also includes new options for graduation for the class of 2018 and a sales tax holiday in August.

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