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Ohio Governor Vows to Hike Drilling Tax

Ohio Governor John Kasich increased his rhetoric regarding a new severance tax on shale oil and gas production. So far, the legislature has opposed any additional increase in the severance tax that was passed in House Bill 375 in May of this year. Governor Kasich describes the current 2.5 percent severance tax as “puny” and vows to push harder for an increase if he wins re-election this November. Governor Kasich previously advocated for a 2.75 percent tax with fewer deductions and credits.