Hagan blasts ‘real failure of government’
State Rep. Robert F. Hagan of Youngstown, D-60th, today expressed outrage with a recent news report that Ohio’s oil and gas companies are paying taxes on the extraction of the natural resources based on an honor system.
The report, published Monday in The Vindicator, cited at least a $3 million discrepancy for 2010 in what was collected by the Ohio Department of Taxation and what was reported by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources and the Ohio Oil and Gas Association.
“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Hagan said. “This is a real failure of government. It is all too apparent now that the Department of Taxation and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources give the oil and gas industry a free pass to write a tax check to the state based on what they think is fair.”
Hagan likened the system to allowing the general public to decide how much they should pay in taxes.
“I have a proposal that I think is fair,” he said. “Let’s put Ohio taxpayers on the same playing field as the oil and gas companies. We should let Ohio taxpayers file an income tax return based on the honor system. We will take Ohioans for their word on what kind of money they make, just as we currently do with oil and gas drillers.”
Hagan then slammed ODNR’s regulatory authority.
“It’s about time ODNR does its job and actually starts regulating oil and gas companies in this state,” Hagan said. “Implement rules to govern the actual natural resource extraction. Measure it. I mean get real. It’s beyond outrage — it’s laughable.”
The full news article can be found here http://www.vindy.com/news/2012/feb/06/discrepancies-run-deep-with-ohio-well-ta/