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Graduation Requirements, Tobacco and Much More In State Budget Proposal

(ONN) – Ohio would establish more flexible high school graduation requirements, hold its presidential primary election later in March, and require hospitals to post their standard pricing online under the latest state budget proposal.

The Republican-led Senate is expected to vote Thursday on its version of the two-year, $69 billion spending plan.

It would also lower income taxes for individuals and direct more money toward educational wraparound services, water quality initiatives, local governments, libraries and public television stations.

The budget plan also would raise the minimum age to buy tobacco from 18 to 21 and add taxes on vaping products.

Lawmakers have until June 30th to sort out differences between the Senate’s plan and the House version and get a budget signed by Governor Mike DeWine.


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