Four people are dead in two separate accidents in Central Ohio. In Pataskala, investigators say a head-on collision on East Broad took three lives. One vehicle crossed the center line. Early this morning, the driver of a pick-up truck was killed when he slammed into a tree in a residential area south of Route 104 [...]
Company That Paid Governor Got Tax Breaks From JobsOhio
Subsidiaries of a a major Central Ohio company that’s helped sustain Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s political career and contribute to his personal bank account have received tax breaks worth more than $619,000, records show.
Worthington Industries is a central Ohio steel processor. Kasich served a decade on the company’s board, and the firm paid Kasich into 2011 – after he’d become governor.
The tax breaks for two company subsidiaries in 2012 and 2013 were brokered by JobsOhio, the job-creation board Kasich appoints. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved the credits recommended by JobsOhio.
The financial ties between Kasich and Worthington raise new legal questions in the era of JobsOhio, whose activities are largely shielded from ethics and public records laws.
A spokesman for Kasich, a Republican, says the governor severed ties with Worthington before the deals were approved.