Ohio House approves $69 billion spending plan

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate will soon consider the two-year state budget following House approval of the spending plan that includes a healthy reduction in the state income tax cut.

The GOP-controlled House voted in favor of the $69 billion budget Thursday following its approval by the House Finance Committee a day earlier.

The House plan eliminates personal income taxes for those earning less than $22,500 and enacts a 6.6% cut for everyone else. Over the objection of some business groups, the plan also lowers a business income deduction from the first $250,000 in income to the first $100,000.

The proposal increases the minimum salary for Ohio teachers from $20,000 to $30,000 annually, and adds $125 million to Gov. Mike DeWine’s education proposal.

State Rep. Niraj Antani released a statement following the vote:

“This budget offers a much needed tax cut for hard working Ohioans. With a net tax reduction of $108 million, Ohioans will be taking home more of their earned pay. This plan also proposes record funding for K-12 education, which will help students in all of our schools with their educational goals. While there are certainly provisions of this budget I oppose, overall it provides stable funding for Ohio’s priorities and income tax relief for middle class Ohioans.”

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