OH Utica Severance Tax Increase Dead for This Year’s Budget

Once again Ohio Gov. John “foreigner hunter” Kasich will not get a huge hike in the Utica Shale severance tax. Originally Kasich had sought an increase to 2.75%. Then he got greedy and wanted it hiked to 6.5%. When he got resistance from that, he threatened that unnamed groups may push for a ballot initiative that would seek a 10% severance tax (see OH Gov Kasich the Bully: Accept My 6.5% Tax or Risk a 10%+ Tax). Kasich is determined to get a hike in the tax, but then reality set in. Utica drillers are idling rigs and slowing down in the Buckeye State. A big severance tax increase would accelerate that trend and Republicans know it. Yesterday leaders in both the Ohio Senate and House announced there will be no severance tax increase in this year’s budget–so it’s dead for another year. However, all parties continue to “sit at the table” and talk about a possible increase in the future…

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