The powerful Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is opposed to Ohio Gov. John Kasich's proposed severance tax on gas-oil drilling that would be turned into an income tax refund.
The group voted last at its annual meeting to oppose the measure.
Members said they were against any plan to increase the severance tax on oil and gas production solely for the purpose of instituting an income tax cut.
Instead, the group said any increase in the severance tax should be used to address local government funding, pay for infrastructure needs and economic development and mitigate negative impacts of oil and gas drilling on communities and the environment, Farm Bureau officials said.
The group also said changes to the severance tax should be part of a larger, comprehensive reform of Ohio's tax structure.
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