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Ohio senators will review the state budget this week
Budget coming from the House includes changes the governor's plans for Medicaid, sales taxes and educatin
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE CORRESPONDENT BILL COHEN


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Now that the Ohio House of Representatives has OK'd a proposed $61.5 billion state budget, state senators will consider it this week. Statehouse correspondent Bill Cohen has this preview.
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A 7 percent cut in the state income tax, no expansion of Medicaid to include an extra 275,000 low-income adults, and a defunding of Planned Parenthood clinics in Ohio. Those are three highlights of the two-year state budget state representatives have OK'd and state senators are now going to consider.

The Senate Finance Committee has split into four subcommittees to consider aspects of the 4,000-page plan. Three of those panels have set hearings this week. 

In other Senate and House committees, there's a bill to crack down further on human trafficking, a proposed ban on cities using cameras to catch motorists who run red lights, and a measure authorizing local groups to set up syringe-exchange programs.
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