Company That Paid Governor Got Tax Breaks From JobsOhio

Gov. John Kasich, seen here at a JobsOhio event last year, appoints the members of the private job creation board.(Photo: karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)
Gov. John Kasich, seen here at a JobsOhio event last year, appoints the members of the private job creation board.(Photo: karen Kasler, Ohio Public Radio)

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.

Comments
  • Pilate

    When will we finally come to our senses and work to get money out of politics? It shouldn’t cost someone millions of dollars that have to be raised from all kinds of sources to be able to get elected to office. We need public financing of campaigns to make the playing field level…