- Associated Press - Friday, June 19, 2015

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Ohio’s budget director has provided state lawmakers with updated revenue estimates and Medicaid projections as compromise talks began on the state’s spending blueprint.

Budget Director Tim Keen told a negotiating panel of legislators on Friday that the state’s finances were strong.

Keen has revised his February revenue estimates by $252 million for the current budget year, $213 million for fiscal year 2016 and $180 million for fiscal year 2017. He said the increases were largely due to higher income tax forecasts.

The number of enrollees in the Medicaid health program also was fewer than the administration originally projected.

The panel will consider the new numbers as they seek to hash out differences between House, Senate and Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) policy priorities in the $71.3 billion, two-year operating budget.

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