Ohio Budget Debate Mired In Gridlock

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Columbus, Ohio (AP) -- Ohio's budget debate is immobilized in partisan gridlock.

Both democrats and republicans are internally divided as their leaders balance the effects of a bad economy, term limits and a not-so-distant election.

An $850 million hole in the budget may not be filled before year's end -- leaving school districts, social service agencies and state employee unions worried.

Ohio is one of only a handful of states where the house and senate are controlled by different parties this session, according to the national conference of state legislatures.

It appears to be taking its toll.

A group of fellow democrats broke from Gov. Ted Strickland last week over a construction reform proposal.

Meanwhile, republicans are also without a fix acceptable to most of their members.

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

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