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Gov. DeWine Says House Budget Sticks To 'Essential Principles'

 Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine
Paul Vernon
Associated Press

Lawmakers in the Ohio House are looking over revisions made to the state’s two-year budget bill. The new version made several amendments to Gov. Mike DeWine’s original plan. 

The House budget created income tax cuts for low- and moderate-income Ohioans and cut millions in tax credits, including the state’s film tax credit. It also doubled DeWine’s proposal for foster care to $60 million.

But Republican leaders put just $85 million into DeWine’s 10-year, H2Ohio clean Lake Erie fund. DeWine originally proposed setting aside a total of $900 million over the next decade.

While he may disagree with some specific moves, DeWine says the House stayed true to the intent of his budget, which is to invest in Ohio.

“This is a work in progress, as long as we can stay focused on the essential principles, I’m gonna be very happy," DeWine says. 

The House suggested long term bonds for the H2Ohio fund, but DeWine says he’d like to avoid that.