Work on merging the House and Senate versions of the state budget begins Tuesday when a conference committee meets. They have a deadline of June 30.
It's a bi-partisan group that is tasked with coming up with a budget that both chambers of the Ohio General Assembly can agree on. House Finance Committee Chairman Ron Amstutz says education and medicaid funding are among the biggest expenses.
The Wooster Republican says he's frustrated by an often used practice of loading up the budget bill with non-budget items. He says lawmakers need to do more to put those issues into separate bills.