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Gov. Kasich Pleased with Ohio Budget but Still Expects Vetoes

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) – Ohio Gov. John Kasich says he’s pleased with the roughly $71 billion spending blueprint now on his desk, but noted some items will get vetoed.

Kasich wouldn’t say Friday what he would strike from the measure, though he described one Medicaid-related idea as “clunky.” He said final decisions on vetoes have not been made.

The Republican governor praised the budget’s income tax cut, tax relief for small businesses and investments in K-12 education. He says he’ll continue pushing for a tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers that lawmakers stripped from the bill.

Legislative leaders instead opted earlier this month to send the oil-and-gay proposal to a task force to make a recommendation.

Kasich’s deadline to sign the budget bill is Tuesday.

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