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Oil, gas drilling tax hike unveiled in Ohio House

Associated Press • Dec 5, 2013 at 11:40 AM

The industry balked at an earlier proposal by Republican Gov. John Kasich to raise severance taxes on drillers and use the proceeds to deliver modest income tax relief to Ohioans.

On Wednesday, the Ohio Oil and Gas Association threw its support behind an alternative proposal from House Speaker William Batchelder and other members of his Republican caucus. Batchelder said the bill is carefully constructed to encourage gas exploration, environmental protection and regulatory reform.

The measure would raise the severance tax rate on horizontally drilled wells by 1 percent, then 2 percent, while rolling back similar taxes on traditional wells.

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