Senate Democrats offer slew of Ohio budget changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — 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 that Senate Democrats have offered to the state’s $61.5 billion, two-year budget.

Sen. Nina Turner of Cleveland said Wednesday 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’s budget-writing committee was to meet later Wednesday.

The Senate version of the budget bill is expected to be released next week, with additional hearings planned on the changes.

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