CHICAGO — The Ohio Supreme Court ruled yesterday that Gov. Ted Strickland’s budget-balancing plan to install video lottery terminals at the state’s race tracks must go to voters.

The ruling is a significant defeat for the governor, who had crafted the measure as a key to balancing the current 2010-2011 budget. Strickland issued an executive order in August to fast-track the VLT plan after gaining legislative approval, and estimated that the slots proposal would raise $933 million in new education funding for the state.

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