Ohio Gov. John Kasich continued to push for his stalled proposal to hike taxes on oil and gas drillers to pay for a modest statewide income tax cut on Friday.
The Republican said Friday that former state Agriculture Director Fred Dailey's supported the plan.
Tom Stewart is executive vice president of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association representing drillers. Stewart said he had spoken to lawmakers of both parties who are reticent to raise taxes on companies exploring for oil and gas pockets in shale deposits under eastern Ohio.
Anti-drilling activists said that raising taxes on the high-pressure drilling technique of hydraulic fracturing would not make it safe.
The announcement was intended to keep the proposal in the public eye while it remains stalled in the state Legislature.
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