Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Gov. Ted Strickland has signaled that he'd be willing to discuss raising taxes in negotiations with lawmakers over how to plug a budget gap.
Strickland said Tuesday that he doesn't want to draw any lines in the sand as he heads into the negotiations.
But he says he continues to believe raising taxes would be a bad idea given the economic challenges ohioans are facing.
Lawmakers and Strickland will likely have to make at least $2 billion worth of cuts or revenue increases, or a combination of both, to bring the next two-year budget into balance.
Income tax revenue for April was $322 million below projections, and Strickland's budget director is predicting slow growth, if any growth at all, in the next couple of years.
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