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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - A legislative panel of negotiators is scheduled to meet in Columbus to begin sorting out differences between the House and Senate versions of the state budget.
The six-member conference committee will gather Thursday afternoon as legislators face a June 30 deadline to approve the spending bill.
Taxes are among the top issues the committee expects to debate. The Senate's proposal strips out a 7 percent statewide income-tax reduction passed by the House in favor of small-business exemptions.
The panel will also get updated state revenue and Medicaid caseload projections.
The Ohio House on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to the almost $62 billion, two-year state budget.
A separate bill that could reform the state's Medicaid system is also expected to be introduced in the General Assembly.