Ohio lawmakers hashing out state budget are set to reconvene


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Lawmakers who have been negotiating Ohio’s next two-year state budget are set to reconvene a day before the extended deadline for the House and Senate to pass the $69 billion spending plan.

The conference committee was scheduled to meet late Tuesday afternoon amid speculation that it has finally reached an agreement on the budget. Lawmakers have been hashing out differences between the House and Senate versions, including on tax breaks, school funding and policies related to health care.

The state has been operating under a 17-day temporary budget this month since the Republican-led Legislature missed the original deadline for the first time since 2009.

The budget must be approved by the House and Senate and signed by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine, who can veto elements he doesn’t approve.

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