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Dayton leaders sit down for a conversation about the state’s budget shortfalls

Dayton leaders sit down for a conversation about the state’s budget shortfalls (WKEF/WRGT)

DAYTON, Ohio (WKEF/WRGT) – Dayton leaders turned to the public June 19 for a conversation about Ohio’s nearly $870 million budget shortfall.

State Representative Fred Strahorn and other leaders spoke with residents about how the shortfall would impact our area.

The state recently announced another $67 million shortfall on top of the nearly $800-million-dollar gap already there, and Rep. Strahorn said he’s concerned.

“And in some ways it's compromised our ability to invest in education; both K through 12 and higher ed,” he said, “but also what our communities look like and, quite frankly, invest in things that employers will look for in order to create job growth in the Miami Valley.

Lawmakers in Columbus must pass a budget by June 30.

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