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Ohio budget plan only addresses new state school takeovers

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Ohio has a budget plan, but it still has to be approved by Governor Mike DeWine and he could line-item veto specific proposals. On Wednesday, both the House and Senate approved the two year $69 billion budget plan. 

Part of that budget plan addresses the controversial law that put a CEO in charge of Youngstown City Schools.

Lawmakers voted to temporarily stop establishing new Academic Distress Commissions and CEOs until October 1, 2020, but this does not affect school districts which already have the plan in place like Youngstown.

Democratic State Representative Michele Lepore-Hagan voted against the budget because of this proposal.

She is disappointed that House Bill 154, which would have reinstated local control to these districts, did not make it to the final version of the budget.

"It's incredibly, incredibly difficult to face people in the community and say that we are putting a moratorium on this because it's so bad, but you have to keep going through this in your district. It's just such a slap in our face, " said Hagan, a Democrat from Youngstown.

Meanwhile, Republican State Representative Don Manning of New Middletown, who voted for the budget, feels this moratorium gives them more time to work on the stand-alone bill to repeal and replace the Youngstown Plan.

"To give us time to make sure that we can get this done right. House Bill 154 is still in committees, still working its way through. I know the Senate had a version that was a little bit different than ours and it just gives us time to work it out," Manning stated.

Also included in the proposed budget, a four percent personal income tax cut, a requirement that you must be 21-years-old to buy cigarettes, and a tax increase on vaping.

The budget would also set Ohio's 2020 primary for March 17th, St. Patrick's Day.

Lawmakers also voted to give $1.2 million to the Youngstown Air Reserve Station and Camp Garfield in Ravenna.

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