House lawmakers have approved a two-year budget that includes a healthy reduction in the state income tax for Ohio workers.
The Ohio House voted Thursday on the 69 billion dollar spending plan following its approval by the House Finance Committee on Wednesday. Minority Democrats joined majority Republicans in a rare unanimous committee vote. The House plan eliminates personal income taxes for those earning less than $22,500 and enacts a 6.6% cut for everyone else.
Over the objection of some business groups, the plan also lowers a business income deduction from the first $250,000 in income to the first $100,000. The proposal also increases the minimum salary for Ohio teachers from $20,000 to $30,000 annually and adds 125 million dollars to Governor Mike DeWine's education proposal.
The Senate will now take up the budget.