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There is no fracking tax in Ohio's new 2-year budget



Published: Tue, July 9, 2013 @ 12:05 a.m.

By Marc Kovac

news@vindy.com

COLUMBUS

There are a number of notable provisions not included in the $62 billion biennial budget signed into law recently by Gov. John Kasich.

The governor’s long-sought increase in the tax rate on oil and gas produced via horizontal hydraulic fracturing isn’t there, though he says he’ll push that issue until an increase is approved by lawmakers.

Neither is there an expansion of Medicaid eligibility, though Kasich and the Republican leaders of the Ohio House and Senate say they hope to act on that issue before the end of the year.

But during a victory lap of sorts after lawmakers passed the two-year spending plan late last month, the governor urged Ohioans to focus on what’s in the budget.

“Today is not a day to fight about what’s not in here,” Kasich told reporters the day after lawmakers passed the legislation. “Today is a day to celebrate what I believe is an incredible accomplishment for the people of this state.”

Here are another 25 ways the biennial budget may affect you:

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1Spence(22 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

No money for poor people needing healthcare and no tax on removing natural resources from the state and possible enviornmental concerns. Anyone surprised?

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2Gman(46 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

@Spence,

"... No money for poor people needing healthcare ..."
Actually it states no EXPANSION of Medicaid. We do not want MORE people dependent on the Government (ie their neighbors). We want more people to get a JOB and become SELF SUFFICIENT.

"... no tax on removing natural resources from the state ..."
Actually, the Natural Resources are being removed from MY backyard not "from the state". I bought the acreage, the STATE does not own my minerals and YOU do not own my minerals. I own my minerals. You are not entitled to my minerals.

If you think the State of Ohio needs more money then give them all of your money first. But keep your hands out of my pockets! I EARNED my salary. You are not entitled to my paycheck.

"... Anyone surprised? ..."
No, I am not surprised. The problem is, you sound like a communist. The USA is not a communist society. You are free to move to any communist country of your choice.

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3DwightK(1181 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Of course there should be a severance tax for natural gas removed through fracking. The state has responsibilities to its citizens. By law it must provide services like education, police and fire protection and maintain roads. The state levies taxes to provide the funding for maintaining those services. I defy anyone to look at the unsafe bridges in the area and say that a natural gas severance tax isn't in our best interest.

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4gdog4766(1264 comments)posted 9 months, 2 weeks ago

Hey Gman, well said your tea party scumbag!

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