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Ohio Tax Commissioner questions value of proposed severance tax
Other headlines: Clock starts on Ohio's execution experiment;Infrastructure funding put before voters; Feds warn of fake Franklins 
by WKSU's JEFF ST. CLAIR


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  • Clock starts on Ohio's execution experiment
  • Infrastructure funding put before voters
  • Feds warn of fake Franklins 
  • Cuyahoga Falls man faces federal charges in alleged sex slave solicitation
  • Ohio Tax Commissioner questions value of severance tax
    The lead tax authority in Ohio says a proposed severance tax on oil and gas drillers will add little to the state's coffers.

    Tax commissioner Joe Testa tells the Columbus Dispatch that the industry backed tax on oil and gas drilling would add only minor reductions in Ohioans’ income tax.

    Most of the money would cover drilling oversight and the capping of unused wells. 

    Governor John Kasich earlier this year proposed an increased severance tax in his budget that would have lowered income taxes for most Ohioans, but that plan was pulled by Republican lawmakers.

    Testa says it’s impossible to know how much revenue the latest severance tax would generate because of its many loopholes.


    Clock starts on Ohio's execution experiment 
    A condemned Ohio killer facing a never-tried lethal injection method has arrived at the state death house a day ahead of his scheduled execution.

    The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction plans to use a combination of a sedative and a painkiller to put Dennis McGuire to death for the 1989 rape and fatal stabbing of Joy Stewart in western Ohio’s Preble County.

    McGuire was moved earlier today from death row in Chillicothe.

    The state announced the two-drug process after supplies of its previous drug dried up when the manufacturer put it off limits for capital punishment.


    Infrastructure funding put before voters
    Ohio's governor and state legislative leaders are looking at efforts to renew a public works program that funds improvements to roads, bridges and other local infrastructure needs.

    Gov. John Kasich is meeting with county commissioners, and operating engineers to discuss renewal of the 10–year, State Capital Improvement Program.

    The plan would increase the bond funding levels to $175 million annually for the first five years and then $200 million each year for the remaining five years.

    Supporters want the measure to clear the Legislature by the end of this month, so it can appear on May ballots.


    Feds warn of fake Franklins
    Federal officials are warning you to be on the lookout for fake $100 dollar bills.

    The Plain Dealer reports that the Secret Service’s Cleveland field office issued a warning that counterfeit $100 bills are circulating in Northeast Ohio.

    The agency did not name the source of the fake Franklins, but is asking anyone who spots one to contact the field office.


    Cuyahoga Falls man faces federal charges in alleged sex slave solicitation
    A northeast Ohio man arrested on state charges of trying to pay $400 for a 10-year-old girl to keep for sex now faces federal prosecution.

    The FBI and U.S. prosecutors in Cleveland announced one count of child-buying against 36-year-old Robert Thomas of Cuyahoga Falls on Wednesday.

    Thomas was arrested Saturday night after allegedly asking someone online to arrange a "marriage" between him and their daughter.

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