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Ohio budget director says income tax cut to remain

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state budget director says the administration of Ohio Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) wants to cut income tax rates and small business tax rates, and it's open to suggestions from lawmakers about how to do it.

Budget Director Tim Keen told The Associated Press Tuesday he believes the income tax cuts will remain.

Keen made his comments as the Ohio House is preparing its changes to Kasich's two-year state budget proposal.

Republican leaders and the Ohio Chamber of Commerce have raised concerns about Kasich's plan to extend the state sales taxes to help pay for income-tax reductions.

House Finance Chairman Ron Amstutz (AHM'-stuts) has said he anticipates the House budget plan will replace the governor's proposed sales-tax expansion as a way of paying for the income tax cuts.

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