Ohio Budget Vote Expected at Statehouse

(Columbus, OH) The Ohio House and Senate are set to vote today on a new biennial budget.

A conference committee worked until almost midnight to rectify nearly 600 differences between the House and Senate versions of a two-year spending plan. 

The new budget bill would freeze Medicaid expansion enrollment next year, a move Governor John Kasich contends could result in 500,000 low-income Ohioans losing health insurance coverage. 

The governor must sign the bill by Friday, but could line-item veto that portion. The state legislature already has scheduled a session next week to override any of the governor's potential vetos.

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