Proponents of Ohio’s oil and gas industry rallied at the Statehouse this week

A lobbying event sponsored by the Ohio Petroleum Council, the Ohio Shale Coalition and the Ohio Oil & Gas Association took place at the Statehouse on Wednesday morning and drew more than 75 lawmakers and 200 industry representatives, The Associated Press reports. Lobbyists, employers and workers connected to Ohio’s burgeoning oil and gas industry gathered to “tout the industry’s economic benefits” for the state, less than two weeks before Gov. John Kasich introduces his two-year state budget, which may include a statewide income-tax cut funded by a tax hike on large-scale oil and gas drillers, the article said.