Two subsidiaries of Columbus-based Worthington Industries - which helped sustain Republican Ohio Governor John Kasich's political career and contributed to his personal bank account - have received tax breaks worth more than 619 thousand dollars.
Kasich served a decade on the company's board of directors, and the firm paid Kasich into 2011 after he became governor. State records obtained by the Associated Press show the tax breaks in 2012 and 2013 were brokered by JobsOhio, the job-creation entity Kasich created and whose members he appoints. The Ohio Tax Credit Authority approved the credits recommended by JobsOhio.The financial ties between Kasich and Worthington Industries raise new legal questions in the era of JobsOhio, whose activities are largely shielded from ethics and public records laws. A spokesperson for Kasich says the governor severed ties with Worthington before the deals were approved.