June 9, 2011 at 12:55 AM EST - Updated June 24 at 8:12 AM
COLUMBUS, OH (WOIO)
The Ohio Senate voted 23-to-10 has passed the state's $55.7 billion budget Wednesday.
Now both Republican leaders in the House and Senate will hash out differences.
They have until the end of the month to get the budget to Governor Kasich, who praised tonight's passage.
"Many doubted that this could ever be done, but together we're doing it. We're bringing Ohio back by closing a massive $8 billion budget gap and we're doing it without a tax increase, in fact we're cutting taxes by more than $300 million and preserving the income tax cut that went into effect in January. All of this helps make Ohio more competitive. President Niehaus, Chairman Widener, and the senators who supported the budget understand what it takes to put Ohio back on a path to growth. I look forward to signing the budget soon so its reforms can begin working for the people of Ohio."