Cash-strapped states weigh tax policy on drilling

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Associated Press

Posted on October 3, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 3 at 11:02 AM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The governor of Ohio is joining the ranks of state leaders nationwide who are weighing how to best use the current natural gas and oil drilling boom to help their state economies.

Gov. John Kasich (KAY'-sik) proposes to raise taxes on oil and gas production in Ohio's Utica and Marcellus shale formations to pay for a statewide income tax cut.

According to National Conference of State Legislatures data, a dozen states since 2011 have seen proposals to impose a new oil and gas production tax — or to raise, lower or amend an existing one. Most proposals have fizzled, including those in West Virginia and Pennsylvania, where lawmakers opted for fee increases.

Severance taxes on a variety of natural resources generated $11 billion in 36 states in 2010. Thirty-one taxed oil and gas production.

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