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The Ohio Democratic Party Is Critical About the Pregnancy Center Tax Credit Bill

photo of Candice Keller
Ohio Legislature
Ohio Republican Rep. Candice Keller of Middletown is a co-sponsor of a tax credit bill that the Ohio Democratic Party is criticizing.

The leader of the Ohio Democratic Party criticized a bill to give tax credits to people who donated to nonprofit pregnancy crisis centers that steer women away from abortion. A co-sponsor of the bill operated one of the more than 100 centers around the state.

The bill would give people fully-refundable tax credits for the amount they give to crisis centers. 

Ohio Democratic Party Chairman David Pepper said Republican Rep. Candice Keller is the paid, full-time director of a pregnancy resource center in Middletown, and her involvement in backing this bill is a case of self-dealing.

“In the world of ethics and good government, it raises a lot of flags," Pepper said.

In a written statement, Keller said the opposition is simply trying to create a diversion to tarnish her reputation. But she said she has decided to abstain from further participation in this bill as it makes its way through the legislative process. 

Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment. Jo started her career in Louisville, Kentucky in the mid 80’s when she helped produce a televised presidential debate for ABC News, worked for a creative services company and served as a general assignment report for a commercial radio station. In 1989, she returned back to her native Ohio to work at the WOSU Stations in Columbus where she began a long resume in public radio.