Budgeteers Give Ohio Governor Wrong Amount

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- A newspaper reports that state budgeteers shorted their boss, Governor Strickland, in the budget proposal they submitted to lawmakers in February.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Thursday that Strickland's initial plan asked for $2.3 million to fund operations at the governor's office over the next two years, rather than the necessary $3 million.

Governor spokeswoman Amanda Wurst says the office reviewed its resources to see if it could operate with the lower sum.

It decided it could not.

So an amended proposal from the state house returns spending to the proper figure by making an annual increase of $640,000.

The house change represents a 27 percent increase over the initial proposal for the Governor's Office, but a 10 percent cut from 2009 spending.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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