For several weeks, Gov. John Kasich's proposal to raise taxes on oil and gas drillers and to lower the state income tax has been in limbo in the Ohio House of Representatives. In fact, Republicans who dominate the chamber, had stripped the idea out of a larger budget review they're moving ahead with. Now, though, key Republicans are stressing the tax shift plan is very much alive and well. The Speaker of the House, Bill Batchelder, talked with Ohio Public Radio's Bill Cohen and other reporters.
Many Republican legislators have signed pledges that they won't support higher taxes, but the anti-tax group they made those promises to is saying, as long as tax cuts neutralize tax hikes, that's okay. Gov. Kasich's tax shift plan would indeed be revenue neutral.