Ohio Public Radio
1:19 pm
Fri October 30, 2009

Democratic state lawmakers want to fill Ohio's $850 million budget hole by delaying income tax cut, while Republicans push to wait and see if casino money will help bridge the gap.

Columbus, OH – State leaders have projected an $850 million hole in the state budget, and Democratic lawmakers say the best way to fill it is to delay a scheduled 4.2% cut in the state income tax. Republicans are pushing a wait-and-see approach. Some believe the gap could be partially filled with dollars that might materialize if voters Tuesday approve a measure authorizing the construction of gambling casinos in Columbus and three other cities. Statehouse Correspondent Bill Cohen reports.