Budget Blues

Governor concerned about voucher, college tuition proposals

Governor Taft says a House plan to dramatically expand the state's school voucher program may be too broad. Taft also says the proposed House tuition cap of six percent is too low.

The governor says he's also worried about House recommendations to eliminate a cut to nursing homes that Taft says is necessary to slow the growth of Medicaid. The GOP-controlled House plans to approve the 51 billion dollar budget today and send it to the Senate. Taft wants to spend nine million dollars to expand Ohio's voucher program to about 26-hundred students at 70 schools with persistently failing test scores.

The House version would spend as much as 81 million dollars to expand the program to 18-thousand students in academically challenged districts.