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Ohio Democrats to Propose Amendment to Budget Plan

Ohio House Democrats say they want to use surplus taxpayer money to offset budget cuts to schools and local
police and fire services.

Democrats said Monday the $265 million in overestimated tax revenue would help create a new fund that would make as much as $400 million available this year. They say another $500 million would be available later if Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax increase takes effect.

Democrats plan to introduce the fund as an amendment to Kasich's sweeping mid-biennium review, which proposes policy changes and agency updates outside of the state's normal two-year budget cycle.

House Republicans recently announced the mid-biennium review will be separated it into several pieces of legislation.