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State Facing 2.5 Billion Dollar Shortfall In Upcoming Budget

State budget director Kimberly Murnieks says the DeWine Administration is seeking pay freezes and cuts for state employees as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to harm tax revenues. 

Murnieks says updated forecasts for the budget year beginning July 1 now show a 2.5 billion dollar shortfall. Her office will ask lawmakers to freeze pay for non-union employees beginning in July. She is also ordering 3.8 percent pay cuts for non-union workers and 4 percent for cabinet directors.

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