Oil and gas interests that successfully fought a fracking-tax increase pushed by Gov. John Kasich poured money into Republican legislative campaign coffers during the budget debate this year.
Calling Ohio’s current drilling tax woefully low, Kasich last year tried and failed to persuade GOP lawmakers to increase the severance tax on the emerging shale-drilling industry. He reintroduced the proposal in February as part of the new two-year budget, only to have majority Republicans swat it away again.
Continue reading about this scary influence of power big oil/gas have over Ohio politicians.