COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Children's services and water quality are among Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's funding priorities as he outlines his proposed state operating budget Friday.
The Republican already revealed he wants to nearly double state funding for family and children services, including $90 million annually in child-protection funding to counties. He's also proposing a significant increase for evidence-based home visiting programs that provide free support and resources for low-income families raising young children.
And he wants to set aside nearly $1 billion in a new fund for projects to clean up toxic algae in Lake Erie and protect other lakes and rivers over the next decade.
The budget covers the two-year period that starts July 1. Lawmakers must debate changes and send it back for DeWine to approve before then.