Ohio Democratic leaders reacted to news of budget shortfalls and economic turmoil by calling for bipartisanship and innovative solutions as Ohioans deal with the anticipated instability.

Gov. Ted Strickland said Monday that the 2009 Ohio budget faces a $640 million shortfall due to the national recession. He also said the next

biennial budget covering 2010 and 2011 will have a deficit between $4 and $7 billion.

Ohio House Democratic Leader Joyce Beatty (D-Columbus) said that the math does not appear to add up well for Ohio.

"The national recession has affected Ohio's economy in historic ways," Beatty said. "However, I still have a lot of confidence and faith in Governor Strickland and our legislative leadership, and I am pleased the Governor is asking for federal assistance."

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