Senate Democrats Offer Dozens of Budget Changes

May 22, 2013

Democrats in the Ohio Senate want to redirect millions of dollars from a proposed income tax cut to education.

The proposal is among roughly 200 amendments they offered to the state's $61.5 billion, two-year budget. Senator Nina Turner of Cleveland says her amendment would eliminate a proposed 7 percent income tax cut for Ohioans making more than $106,150. She says that would free up $508 million for an investment fund to provide extra dollars for schools to use in the classroom and for transportation. Republicans overwhelming control the Senate, and any changes would need their support. The Senate version of the budget bill is expected to be released next week, with additional hearings planned on the changes