Tuesday, June 8, 2021 5:29 PM EST
By ANDREW WELSH-HUGGINS, AP
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Ohio Senate is close to approving a significant income tax cut and first-ever direct state payments to charter schools under its version of the upcoming state budget. The plan by the GOP-controlled chamber is also coming under criticism for eliminating quality care standards for publicly funded day cares. The full Senate is expected to vote on its two-year $75 billion spending plan as soon as this week, including a 5% personal income tax cut, up from the 2% cut proposed by the House. House and Senate lawmakers must then merge their plans by the end of the month.