Ohio House panel nears vote on $71.5 billion state budget

April 20, 2015 4:38 PM

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Proposals to kill Ohio's tax on commercial activity, fund absentee-ballot mailings and allow counties to privatize jails are among dozens of revisions that a legislative panel considered Monday as it prepared to put finishing touches on the two-year, $71.5 billion state operating budget.

The powerful Ohio House Finance Committee was scheduled to vote Monday on the measure and had wrapped up hearings Friday. Chairman Rep. Ryan Smith said final changes and a committee vote were likely, though a backup hearing had been scheduled for Tuesday. The full House is expected to take up the me...

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