CHICAGO — Ohio will eliminate up to 2,700 jobs and expand electronic gaming as part of a plan to eliminate a budget shortfall that could reach $2 billion by 2009, Gov. Ted Strickland announced yesterday.

Under his budget reduction package, the state would implement $733 million in cuts — most of which do not need legislative approval — and would dip into the state’s $1 billion rainy-day fund if “conditions worsen,” Strickland said yesterday in a press conference held from his office.

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