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The Latest: Ohio governor signs stopgap budget measure

July 1, 2019

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on efforts to reach state budget agreement (all times local):

9:55 p.m.

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has signed a stopgap measure to continue state funding after state lawmakers failed to meet a statutory deadline this weekend for agreement on a two-year operating budget for Ohio.

The House approved the 17-day interim budget Sunday night after the Ohio Senate approved it late Saturday. Sunday was the deadline to approve the two-year budget. Legislative leaders say they hope it won’t take until July 17 to reach agreement on a biennial budget.

Some differences dividing chambers have included taxes, health care and school funding.

A joint House-Senate committee has been working through differences in the $69 billion spending bill. A final proposal must be approved in up-or-down votes by both chambers.

The House on Sunday also approved a 30-day extension for Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers.

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10:25 a.m.

State lawmakers have failed to meet a statutory deadline for agreement on a two-year operating budget for Ohio.

With time running out to meet Sunday’s deadline, the Senate late Saturday approved a 17-day stopgap measure to fund state government until an agreement can be reached on a two-year budget. The House was expected to approve the interim budget in a Sunday night session.

A joint House-Senate committee has been working through differences in the $69 billion spending bill. A final proposal must be approved in up-or-down votes by both chambers.

Some of the differences that have divided the chambers include taxes, health care and school funding.

Lawmakers also failed to meet Sunday’s deadline for approving Ohio’s insurance fund for injured workers. The Senate approved a 30-day extension for that fund.

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