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Governor John Kasich expected to sign new budget

Governor John Kasich expected to sign new budget

(Columbus) - The Ohio Legislature has approved a state budget that cuts personal income taxes, revamps Ohio's school funding system and adds new abortion restrictions, sending the measure to Gov. John kasich.

The Republican-led Ohio House approved the $62 billion, two-year spending blueprint Thursday by a vote 51-43, over the objections of Democrats. The Ohio Senate approved the bill earlier today.

Kasich is expected to sign the measure before a deadline Sunday after exercising his line-item veto power.

House Republicans touted $2.7 billion in overall tax cuts delivered over three years under the bill. They said such breaks benefit all Ohioans and the state's overall economy.

Democrats were particularly critical of a decision to exclude from the bill Medicaid expansion under the federal health care overhaul.

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