House Ok’s Veteran Bonuses

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The Ohio House has voted to award bonuses to veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars using $200 million from the state’s rainy day fund.

The Republican-controlled House voted 53-41 on Tuesday to dole out bonuses of up to $1,000 each from the emergency fund. Gov. Ted Strickland has said he will veto the bill because he opposes using state emergency funds when Ohio faces a projected $7 billion deficit over the next two years.

The Senate would have to pass the House bill before it could be sent to Strickland.

The governor has said he supports a proposal passed by the Senate that would pay the bonuses using bonds – the same way it’s been done in the past.

Veterans who served in the 1990-1991 Persian Gulf War are also eligible for the bonuses.