CHICAGO - Ohio lawmakers were poised to vote late yesterday on a $9.6 billion, two-year state transportation budget that would include a new bond program as well as expanded authority for the state to enter into public-private partnerships to raise revenue.

Legislators were expected to approve the final budget yesterday and send it to Gov. Ted Strickland to sign into law by midnight, as required by state late. Bipartisan negotiations stalled yesterday morning over the use of federal stimulus funds to subsidize extended health care benefits for unemployed workers.

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