Ohio House Democrats say they want to use surplus taxpayer money to offset budget cuts to schools and local
police and fire services.
Democrats said Monday the $265 million in overestimated tax revenue would help create a new fund that would make as much as $400 million available this year. They say another $500 million would be available later if Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax increase takes effect.
Democrats plan to introduce the fund as an amendment to Kasich's sweeping mid-biennium review, which proposes policy changes and agency updates outside of the state's normal two-year budget cycle.
House Republicans recently announced the mid-biennium review will be separated it into several pieces of legislation.