Ohio Senate plans changes to state budget that would nix several House projects

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Ohio senators plan to remove earmarks for $1 billion in one-time spending from the state operating budget and place the money into a new fund for community projects to be doled out next spring, a high-level Ohio Senate source told The Associated Press.

Creation of the One-Time Strategic Community Investment Fund, to be announced Tuesday, would nix many earmarks for infrastructure and other projects contained in the House’s version of the $88 billion, two-year spending blueprint, the individual said. They spoke on condition of anonymity because details of the announcement were still being finalized.

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