Bob Downing

USA Today's Dennis Cauchon on Friday reported that states like Ohio, Pennsylvania and New York are struggling to figure out how to tax and regulate natural gas drilling.


For example, Ohio has a minimal severance tax and New York and Pennsylvania have no severance taxes.


In contrast, other key energy states tax energy resources heavily and use the money to keep other taxes low. Texas, for example, charges a 7.5 percent severance tax on natural gas and oil and has no income tax.


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