State senate's cuts might freeze historical markers in Ohio

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A state program that left its mark historically on Ohio for 50 years might fall by the wayside because of budget cuts proposed by the state Senate.

Other budget casualties could include a state office that for two decades has worked to resolve disputes and avoid costly litigation, and another serving Ohio's fast-growing Latino population.

Since its creation in 1959, the Ohio Historical Marker program has erected nearly 1,300 markers where history happened. Examples include the Ohio Statehouse, the trail of Confederate raider John Hunt Morgan in Ohio, and Ohio State University, in honor of Woody Hayes' winning ways.

Each bronze marker costs about $2,000.

Markers already in place would not be removed, but they would not be maintained or replaced if damaged or stolen. No other sites would get markers.

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