Ohio Governor Mike DeWine signed the new two-year state budget Thursday, and he included 25 vetoes.
Ohio Public Radio's Jo Ingles reports.
Many of DeWine's vetoes deal with Medicaid policy, including the single pharmacy benefit manager proposal that was in the House budget. DeWine says Medicaid is willing to work on that goal but needs flexibility. And though he vetoed some elements in the budget that requires transparency because he didn’t think the details would work, he issued an executive order demanding it from agency departments.
“This is not something we are going to walk away from. This is not something that we are going to say we are not going to do this. We want transparency but it just has to work.”
DeWine says he vetoed a guarantee on per-pupil funding, saying it would benefit the wealthiest districts. He says the priority of this budget is to help those who need it the most.