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Budget Compromise Eludes Ohio Lawmakers.

Ohio Senate Republicans appear willing to provide enough votes to approve of Gov. Ted Strickland's suggested tax cut delay.

But those Republicans want things in return from Democrats, and negotiations on closing a state budget gap continue.

Delaying a 4.2 percent income tax reduction would fill the $850,000,000 hole in the budget.

Republicans also want to address Ohio's long-term budget challenges, including sentencing reform to reduce prison costs and changing construction contract procedures to save money on building projects. They also want more leeway for school districts on a requirement to provide all-day kindergarten.

A previous Republican proposal included most of Strickland's tax plan and other funding sources Democrats called irresponsible.