December 19, 2014

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Governor not saying how he’ll handle abortion related items in state budget

COLUMBUS — Gov. John Kasich isn’t speculating on what action he’ll take on abortion-related items in the Ohio budget.

The Republican, who opposes abortion, told reporters Wednesday that he plans to review the provisions later this week.

A GOP-led panel has added a regulation to the bill that would require abortion providers to give pregnant women written notice if there’s a detectable fetal heartbeat before the procedure.

The Ohio House and Senate are expected to vote on the roughly $62 billion spending plan Thursday. Lawmakers face a Sunday deadline to pass it.

Kasich said the budget contains great successes, including a $2.7 billion net tax reduction over three years.

It leaves out his tax increase on high-volume oil and gas drillers and expansion of Medicaid. Kasich says those fights aren’t over.