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Democrats Concerned About Ethics Commission Decision on Worthington Industries

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Democrats are continuing to sound off about a recent report that steel company Worthington Industries received more than $600,000 worth of state tax credits under Gov. John Kasich's privatized economic development office, JobsOhio.

Monday, August 19, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Kasich received a salary as a board member and deferred compensation payouts from that company.

House Minority Leader Tracy Heard of Columbus is raising concerns about the decision announced last week by the chair of the Ohio Ethics Commission that Kasich made a clean break from the company. The chair of the ethics commission is a Kasich appointee and campaign contributor.

"I think its a conflict," Heard says. "And whether its something that we have to address legislatively, there is a perceived perception of undue influence and that has to be addressed."

Two House Democrats will introduce legislation on Tuesday that Heard says will address those concerns. Though Democrats are in the minority and Republicans have passed legislation to shield JobsOhio from public audits, she says that doesn’t relieve Democrats of the responsibility to propose this new bill.

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