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Lt. Gov. Husted Downplays Budget Stalemate

Lt. Gov. Jon Husted at the Opportunity Zones Showcase in Columbus, where he unveiled the marketing platform for opportunity zones to share details on places and projects available for investment.
Karen Kasler
Statehouse News Bureau

Ohio has been operating under a temporary budgetfor a week and a half. But Lt. Gov. Jon Husted isn't too worried about the budget stalemate, which must be resolved by next week.

Husted didn’t have to oversee a temporary budget when he was the House Speaker more than 10 years ago. Back then, the GOP members only controlled the House, but agreed with Democrats on tax cuts and government funding.

That's a major difference from today, when Republicans control the House, Senate and governor's office. Despite that, lawmakers failed to pass a two-year budget by the June 30 deadline because they still disagree on some key sticking points.

Husted downplayed concerns over the current budget fight.

“Everybody’s part of success and everybody’s part of failure and so, we all learn from this process," Husted says. "The end product is going to be a good product."

Ohio’s temporary budget will expire on July 17.

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.