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Ohio's budget: Where it's been, where it's going

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 18, 2013 at 9:42 pm •  Published: April 18, 2013
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— Reordering of family planning money that effectively de-funds Planned Parenthood.

— A way for officials to seek flexibility in providing health coverage to more low-income Ohioans and to study the issue, even though Medicaid expansion was stripped from the budget.

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WHAT'S OUT

— Expansion of Medicaid to make roughly 366,000 low-income residents eligible for coverage beginning in 2014 and qualify the state for about $13 billion from the federal government to cover program costs over the next seven years.

— Sex education measure barring distribution of contraceptives on school property and subjecting teachers to litigation for promoting unspecified activities considered gateways to sex.

— Sales tax reduction and broadening that would have taken the rate from 5.5 percent to 5 percent then extended the tax to a new list of items, including legal services and entertainment events.

— Severance tax increases on oil and natural gas extraction that would have generated an estimated $200 million for the state general fund, local governments and libraries.

— Certain tax cuts for small businesses.

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WHAT'S NEXT

The state Senate gets its chance next to put an imprint on the voluminous bill. Watch for that process to wrap up in mid-June. Once the Senate's version is approved, a joint House-Senate conference committee will be appointed to hash out a compromise on any sticking points. That should take about two weeks. The final legislation goes back through both chambers then on to Kasich. Because it's a spending bill, Kasich can veto individual line items.

All must be complete by June 30.

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