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Ohio Predicts Budget Shortfall Up To $1.9 Billion

The state is expecting a budget shortfall of between $700 million and nearly $2 billion in the fiscal year that begins July First.

Governor Strickland says the shortfall will mean budget cuts among state agencies.

State economists forecast that the budget will face a gap of about $700 million if the economy grows slowly, $1.3 billion if there is no growth and $1.9 billion if it goes into recession.

It's not clear what programs Strickland will look to cut.

Strickland has already been forced to delay expanded benefits for pregnant women, some foster children and disabled working people.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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.