Ohio House vote sends budget to compromise talks

COLUMBUS, Ohio - State lawmakers have formally sent Ohio's budget to a legislative panel of negotiators who will sort out differences between the House and Senate versions of the spending bill.

The Ohio House on Wednesday unanimously rejected the Senate's changes to the almost $62 billion, two-year state budget.

House Finance Chairman Ron Amstutz acknowledged that more work needs to be done on the proposal, which must be completed by June 30.

A six-member conference committee planned to meet Thursday and hear updated state revenue and Medicaid caseload projections.

Taxes are expected among the top issues before the panel.

The Senate's version strips out a 7 percent statewide income-tax reduction passed by the House in favor of small-business exemptions.

The governor also is working to resurrect his proposed oil-and-gas tax increase.

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