Ohio Senate Republicans are expected to vote this week on their version of a new two-year state budget that includes $650 million in cuts to Medicaid, a college scholarship program, and other areas while preserving public school funding.

The proposals from Senate Republicans who hold a majority in that chamber represent the latest move as lawmakers work on a new spending plan for the biennium that begins July 1. House Democratic leaders have adopted their own $55 billion version of the budget. Gov. Ted Strickland is a Democrat.

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