Ohio Officials Keep Eye On Federal Money Talks

Ohio's Director of Budget and Management says the outcome of fiscal talks in Washington could have a negative effect on Ohio.(Photo: Ohio Department of Budget and Management)
Ohio's Director of Budget and Management says the outcome of fiscal talks in Washington could have a negative effect on Ohio.(Photo: Ohio Department of Budget and Management)

The state’s budget director says the tax increases are a greater concern to him, because of the potential they have to send the nation into an economic recession.

Tim Keen says if the country plunges over the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Ohio could find itself facing budget challenges as residents lose jobs and spend less money.

Keen said he’s not following every development in the ongoing talks between President Barack Obama and House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio. But he said he’s trying to take their impact into consideration while writing Ohio’s two-year spending plan.

Gov. John Kasich will release his budget in February.

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