Library Budgets

Governor Taft wants lawmakers to restore funding to cities and libraries based on new estimates that Ohio will have an extra one-point-three billion dollars for the next budget.

Taft says the money from revised revenue and Medicaid spending estimates should restore funding cuts still in the Senate version of the two-year budget.

Taft, a Republican, also says lawmakers should use some of the money to build up the state's rainy day fund and continue funding the state's 10  billion dollar school construction program. Both the governor's Office of Budget and Management and the Legislative Services Commission say tax collections are higher than expected this year, which should continue in 2006 and '07.

Lawmakers say the money should go to the rainy day fund, universities and tax cuts. Legislative leaders say $800 million extra available for next budget