Ohio Governor Knew, Didn't Share Bad Budget News

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Ted Strickland says he was warned about a new round of declining tax revenues the day before the Ohio house voted to pass a $56 billion budget proposal, but declined to reveal the information to lawmakers.

Strickland says he felt at that time that the tax projections were still too tentative to rely on.

State Budget Director Pari (perry) Sabety (sah'-buh-dee) says her staff delivered the bad news to Strickland on April 28 that income tax revenues had fallen sharply by $322 million.

House Speaker Armond Budish (byoo'-dish), a fellow democrat, told the (Cleveland) Plain Dealer that Strickland never informed him about the problems before the chamber took its vote on a budget that increased spending by $622 million.

Republicans who control the senate are upset and say they must plug a hole as large as $900 million in this year's budget.

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

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