Ohio Senate proposes more changes to state budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio senators plan to keep in the state budget a provision that would effectively de-fund Planned Parenthood by putting it at the back of the line for public family planning money.

The Senate Finance Committee unveiled its latest changes Tuesday to the more than $61 billion, two-year spending plan.

The panel was expected to vote on the measure Wednesday, with the full Senate voting Thursday. Senate passage would send the bill into compromise talks.

The Senate also wants to set aside another $50 million for the governor’s proposed Straight A fund, which will deliver grants to school districts for innovation and efficiency measures.

The latest package of changes would boost state spending on K-12 education by more than $717 million compared with the current budget, which ends June 30.

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