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Ohio Lawmakers to Spend Spring Break Dyeing Easter Eggs, Fixing School Funding

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Ohio Public Radio’s Karen Kasler reports that state lawmakers are spending this week working through changes to a new school funding plan behind closed doors:

House Speaker Bill Batchelder, who leads a super-majority caucus of 60 Republicans, says he plans to spend a lot of spring break looking into the formula, which he says is easier to deal with than the proposed expansion of Medicaid in the budget.

“I think it’s absolutely solvable. I don’t think it’s one of these overwhelming things; it’s not like Obamacare, for example. I think we can get that work done, In addition to coloring eggs and other activities, we will be spending a lot of time next week in the conference room in my office working on that particular issue.”

Finance and Appropriations Committee Chairman Rep. Ron Amstutz (R-Wooster) told Gongwer News service a substitute bill incorporating changes to the original, proposed school funding plan will be considered the second week of April with a full floor vote by April 18:

“I think it’s too early to figure out what the outcomes might be there, but we have identified a fair amount of work, but I don’t know any of them would be radical changes. It’s more like tweaking, maybe reworking some of the components a little bit.”

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