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New state budget receives praise

Ohio's political leaders want voters to know they listened.

Democratic Governor Strickland stood side-by-side with Republican legislative leaders this morning to celebrate the historically harmonious passage of a two-year state budget.

The 52.3 billion dollar package was enacted with just a single no vote cast during the entire process.

GOP House Speaker Jon Husted says the state's critical economic troubles helped fuel the cooperative spirit. He says voters wanted lawmakers to put aside politics to deal with Ohio's challenges.

Husted also says Strickland's initial budget proposal reflected many of his own priorities, so there was no need to fight.

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.