Kimberly Murnieks

photo of Kimberly Murnieks, Mike DeWine and Jon Husted
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The state is entering week two of operations under a temporary budget plan after the Ohio House and Senate failed to reach a deal before the end of the fiscal year. Lawmakers said most Ohioans will continue business as usual, but state agencies have been directed to keep a close watch on their spending. 

a photo of DeWine and Murnieks at a podium
KAREN KASLER / STATEHOUSE NEWS BUREAU

Total state tax collections were up 20 percent over estimates for April and 3.1 percent for May.

That’s leading the state budget director to revise her projections for a budget surplus for the close of the fiscal year at the end of this month.