Clock Ticks As Ohio Lawmakers Face Budget Deadline

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Lawmakers trying to balance the state's $54 billion budget have just two days to agree on ways to fill a large deficit.

Ohio's constitution requires the two-year spending plan to be balanced by the time it is enacted Wednesday, the beginning of the state's new business year.

Gov. Ted Strickland and republican lawmakers in the senate are at odds over how to fill a $3.2 billion deficit in the budget.

Strickland has proposed placing slot machines on Ohio's seven race tracks to raise $933 million along with $2.4 billion in cuts.

Republican senate president Bill Harris is questioning the gambling proposal in light of Ohioans' repeated rejection of casino-style gambling in the past.

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

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