From the Ohio Organizing Collaborative:
Ohio has one of the lowest severance taxes on oil and gas drilling of all shale producing states. Even Texas taxes natural gas drillers at 7.5 percent. North Dakota taxes oil at 11.5 percent (7 percent if from the Bakken shale formation); Illinois just passed legislation to tax fracked oil and gas at 6 percent. West Virginia taxes both oil and gas at 5 percent. Governor Kasich wants Ohio's tax to increase to just 2.75 percent. Members of the House proposed an increase to just 2.25 percent. The money these corporations are making comes from Ohio's ground. We deserve a fair share.
Communities with heavy fracking such as Carroll, Columbiana and Harrison Counties are starting to feel the pressure. Out of state workers are driving up the cost of housing. Traffic accidents are increasing. The roads are taking a beating. Crime rates are going up. Neither the House nor the governor's proposal sets aside any money to address these issues. Much of the new revenue will go towards income tax cuts for all Ohioans, regardless of whether or not they live in affected communities.
Tell Governor Kasich and the Ohio Legislature that you want oil and gas taxed fairly!
You want a fair share of money to be set aside to support to the most affected communities and a portion of it to be invested in an advanced energy fund.
Keep wealth in the communities that produced it! Invest in the future! Keep Ohio strong after the resources are gone!
Sign the petition here.
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