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Firm That Paid Governor Now Gets Ohio Tax Credits

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Subsidiaries of a company that has sustained Governor John Kasich‘s career and paid him personally have received tax breaks worth more than $600,000 from the jobs board he created.

Extensive ties between Gov. Kasich and Worthington Industries, a steel processor, are raising new ethics questions about JobsOhio, a semi-private panel appointed by the governor that is shielded from Ohio ethics laws.

Gov. Kasich jointed the Worthington Industries board in 2001. The company’s founder, John McConnell, was an architect of the governor’s political rise from state legislator.

Worthington Industries paid Gov. Kasich more than $600,000 between 2007 and 2011.

Gov. Kasich quit the board a day after winning the 2010 gubernatorial election but received deferred payouts for three years. In 2011, the year JobsOhio was created, he received more than $100,000.

Less than a year after Gov. Kasich’s last payment from the company that the Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved job-creation tax credits for two Worthington subsidiaries upon the recommendation of JobsOhio. Worthington Industries CEO John McConnell donated $100,000 to the Ohio Republican Party when the tax credits were awarded.

A JobsOhio policy mandates the board to disclose conflicts of interest to the state Ethics Commission. Ohio Democrats are seeking copies of those disclosures but have so far been rebuffed.

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