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Ohio Democrat Says Wasted Time Was a Factor in the State Budget Delay

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Protestors hold a sign after the Ohio House passes the abortion legislation known as the “Heartbeat Bill”. ";s:

Ohio is operating on a budget extension since lawmakers failed to pass a new two-year state budget by the constitutionally mandated June 30 deadline. Some Democrats are questioning whether time that was spent on a controversial abortion law, recently put on hold by a federal court, could have been used better hammering out details of the state budget.

Democratic State Rep. Richard Brownsaid Republicans have control over the legislative and executive branch. So he thinks it’s ridiculous the budget wasn’t passed on time.

“This is a deadline that we knew was coming, and we were unable to meet it, which is frustrating. And then we look at how much time was spent on various issues, such as the so-called 'Heartbeat Bill,'" he said.

That bill, which was passed into law, has been put on hold by a federal court that ruled it unconstitutional.

In a written statement, Gail Crawley, spokeswoman for Republican House Speaker Larry Householder, said the House began hearings on its budget before Gov. DeWine unveiled his in March. She noted House committees heard 135 hours of testimony from more than 600 witnesses. And, she said the abortion bill, which was debated in a separate committee, had zero impact on the budget bill.

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. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.