A fellow Republican state official has come out against Gov. John Kasich's proposed tax increase on drillers.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel tells a meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association he believes the governor's proposal to increase the severance tax stands to scare away Ohio oil and gas investment at a critical time.
Mandel's remarks Thursday mark the second time in under a month he has bucked the governor on a major policy issue.
Environmental advocates in Ohio are blasting a newly added energy-bill provision, which they say would limit the rights of drilling opponents to sue energy companies for withholding chemical trade secrets.
Small business owners are salivating at the prospect Ohio might raise up to $1 billion over five years by hiking taxes on natural gas liquids drillers and using the revenue to pay for a general income tax cut.