COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - House Democrats are preparing to unveil a proposal that would ban a sitting Ohio governor from receiving outside compensation, including from firms seeking state funds.
Legislation due Tuesday comes amid concerns over job-creation tax credits that Republican Gov. John Kasich's administration awarded subsidiaries of Worthington Industries over the past two years. The central Ohio steel processor donated to Kasich politically and compensated him personally for time on its board of directors.
Kasich's final board salary payment of more than $102,000 came in fiscal year 2011, after he was elected governor. He also received deferred compensation from the firm through 2012.
The Ohio Ethics Commission said last week that Kasich broke cleanly from the firm in 2010 and all payments appeared appropriate.
The Democrats' bill would exempt the governor's state salary, retirement and pension benefits.