DeWine announces $775 million in budget cuts as revenue crashes

Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (AP Photo/John Minchillo, Pool, file)

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine announced Tuesday he’s cutting $775 million from the state budget in the next two months because of plummeting revenue due to the pandemic.

The spending reductions are necessary now to avoid worse cuts down the road, and will affect every state agency except the prisons department, the Republican governor said. The state went from running $200 million ahead in revenue estimates in February to the nearly three-quarter billion drop last month, DeWine said.

体育投注The governor said he’s not tapping Ohio’s $2.7 billion rainy day fund until the new fiscal year beginning in July. The budget can be balanced now with cuts, and the rainy day money will be needed later this year and next, he said.

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“This rain is not a passing spring shower,” DeWine said. “It could be a long, cold, lingering storm.”

The budget slashing includes $355 million for schools and $110 million for higher education, and $210 million from the state Medicaid program, which provides health care for poor children and families.

体育投注The Ohio Federation of Teachers expressed immediate concern over the proposed education cuts.

"Our K-12 schools need more resources, more technology, and more staff to meet our students’ growing emotional, physical, and academic needs," president Melissa Cropper said in a statement.

Coronavirus: What you need to know

There are now 30,827 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ohio体育投注; 1,803 people have died from the virus and 5,545 were hospitalized, according to the Ohio Department of Health.

For most people, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms that clear up in a couple of weeks. Older adults and people with existing health problems are at higher risk of more severe illness, including pneumonia, or death.

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