As many states swimming in red ink wait eagerly for Congress to pass a new $26 billion state-aid bill, Ohio finds itself in an enviable position, at least in the short term.

A number of states need that money to balance their current, fiscal year 2011 budgets. Ohio does not.

While the state is facing a future shortfall that could reach $8 billion, the current budget is in balance through June 2011, as long as tax revenue continues to match estimates.

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