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Last updated 5:58PM ET
August 20, 2018
WOUB Local News
WOUB Local News
State budget shortfall projected
(WOUB) - Governor Ted Strickland says a state budget shortfall will mean budget cuts for state agencies.

The problem is expected to be at least 700 million dollars and could be as much as two billion dollars.

Those are big numbers but State Representative Dan Dodd is not panicking.

"We have a 52 billion dollar budget so 2 billion dollars is certainly a lot of money but it is not catastrophic. It's not 10% or anything like that," Dodd said.

Dodd is a Democrat who represents the 91st District.

His colleague in the 92nd District, Republican Jimmy Stewart, is calling for bipartisan action to deal with the projected red ink.

"I think what we're gonna need here is a bipartisan effort to look at the issues both as far as our revenues and our expenditures and working together with our governor and making certain we do this in such a way that vital services for Ohioans are not impacted," Stewart said.

Representative Dodd adds the legislature will keep its priorities straight while making budget cuts and creating jobs and providing health care will remain priorities.

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