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Kasich Faces Midnight Deadline On Budget

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Ohio Gov. John Kasich is expected to sign a roughly $71 billion spending blueprint that continues his expansion of the Medicaid health program and provides an income tax cut.

But the Republican governor has said he will use his line-item veto authority on some parts of the sweeping measure.

Kasich hasn't said what he would strike from the measure, though he has told reporters that one Medicaid-related idea was "a little clunky." He also said he had concerns about areas his saw as eroding executive authority.

Kasich has praised the budget's tax relief for small businesses and investments in K-12 education. He also has said he'll continue pushing for a tax hike on oil-and-gas drillers that lawmakers stripped from the bill.

His deadline to sign the bill is Tuesday.