Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland last week signed a bipartisan agreement that avoids dramatic school funding cuts by delaying a 4.2% income tax cut to help plug an $850 million budget shortfall in education funding.

The 4.2% decrease in the state income tax rate was to mark the final installment of a five-year, 21% reduction in the tax rate proposed by former Republican Gov. Bob Taft in 2005.

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