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Ohio Senate panel to vote on its version of budget

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio Senate panel plans to finalize the chamber's version of the state budget before voting on the two-year spending plan.

The Senate Finance Committee was scheduled Wednesday to vote on its latest changes to the more than $61 billion, two-year spending plan.

Majority Republicans want to increase state spending on K-12 education by more than $717 million compared with the current budget, which ends June 30.

Schools would see an additional $141.6 million in direct state aid under the Senate plan, compared with the funding formula the House passed in its version of the budget.

Senators have already swapped what's left of Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) proposed income tax cut in favor of tax relief for small businesses.

A full Senate vote was expected to come Thursday.

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