Lawmakers deadlocked again on budget fix

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Senate Republicans have proposed a budget fix that includes most of Gov. Ted Strickland's tax cut delay, but Democrats have rejected their plan.

The Republican proposal Wednesday would delay 2.8 percent in planned income tax reductions and would take money from housing programs for the poor. It would also open Salt Fork State Park to oil and gas drilling and use part of the license fees to be paid by casinos.

Democrats said the proposal was irresponsible, saying it does not rely on solid revenue. Republicans called it a compromise, but apparently did not have enough votes to get it through the Senate on their own.

No legislative sessions are scheduled until December. Democrats want to fill an $850 million budget gap by delaying the entire 4.2 percent cut planned for this year.

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