Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Democrats who control the Ohio House plan to boost funding for services for children and older adults who may face abuse, neglect or exploitation.
State Rep. Ron Amstutz leads House Republicans in negotiations on the two-year budget plan.
He said Monday that Democrats want to increase the funding to $42.5 million.
In his budget proposal, Gov. Ted Strickland eliminated $62 million counties had been receiving to administer the services.
The house restored $12.5 million in funding in its initial revision of the plan.
Social service advocates were upset, and House Speaker Armond Budish said last week the services would be his strongest priority.
Lawmakers were expected to convene in committee Monday to discuss the budget, with a vote Monday night or Tuesday.
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