Dems balk at wording in Ohio budget on teachers

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio House Democrats have failed at stripping the state budget proposal of a provision for teachers' pay raises that resembles part of contentious collective bargaining law.

The law and budget measure contain similar provisions that would base teachers' salaries on performance and evaluations, instead of current step increases. Democrats say rules prevent legislators from taking up an act that is identical to one that has been finalized.

They also argue the law is a subject to a pending referendum so the language shouldn't be in the budget proposal. The argument came Thursday as the Republican-led House debated the $55.6 billion two-year spending plan.

The House speaker ruled the language had differences, and that there isn't an official referendum in place because opponents of the collective bargaining law are still gathering signatures for a ballot repeal effort this November.

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