Policy & Politics

Severance Tax

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Governor Kasich has introduced a proposal to make significant changes in the Ohio severance tax system that applies to oil and natural gas wells in exchange for lowering Ohioís income tax.

The Initiative and Referendum in Ohio

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Ohio has constitutional amendment processes which allow citizens to vote directly to change Ohioís constitution and laws. Recently we have seen an increase in ballot initiatives and referendums, which leads to many questions.

Term Limits in Ohio and Beyond

Published Jun. 14, 2012

Since term limits have been enacted in Ohio and other states, the composition of the legislatures has remained largely the same regarding women and minorities. Critics argue legislators become less effective as they grow in experience.

Current Agricultural Use Valuation and Conservation Programs

Published Jul. 31, 2012

The Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) Program says for property tax purposes, farmland devoted solely to commercial agriculture may be valued by its current use, instead of its "highest and best" potential use. CAUV usually results in a substantially lower tax bill for working farmers.

Hunting Regulations

Published Apr. 22, 2013

OFBF has a substantial amount of member-developed policy on wildlife issues, including: wildlife management; wildlife control; and regulations on hunting, fishing, and trapping. Consider the following issues concerning hunting regulations and whether current policies should be amended.