COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on Ohio's state budget (all times local):
Ohio would cut personal income taxes by 4%, raise the age for buying tobacco to 21 and direct $550 million for educational wraparound services such as mental health counseling under the two-year state budget that lawmakers belatedly sent Wednesday to the governor.
The Republican-led Legislature passed a $69 billion spending plan that changes high school graduation requirements, taxes vaping products, and retains a debated business tax break and a tax credit for the motion picture industry. It also moves the 2020 primary election to St. Patrick's Day despite Democratic lawmakers' objections.
GOP Gov. Mike DeWine can veto budget provisions he doesn't approve.
Ohio had operated this month under a 17-day temporary budget since lawmakers missed the original deadline for the first time since 2009.
Ohio lawmakers are expected to vote on a proposed two-year state budget Wednesday, hours before the extended deadline to pass the $69 billion spending plan.
The latest version, approved Tuesday by a conference committee, includes a 4% personal income tax cut and $550 million for educational wraparound services such as mental health counseling. It would raise the age for tobacco purchases to 21, move the 2020 primary election to March 17 — St. Patrick's Day — and change high school graduation requirements.
If passed, the budget also must be signed by GOP Gov. Mike DeWine. He can veto elements he doesn't approve.
Ohio has been operating this month under a 17-day temporary budget since the Republican-led Legislature missed the original deadline for the first time since 2009.