From the daily archives: Monday, July 11, 2011

On May 29, we exposed a significant conflict of interest involving Interim State Superintendent Stan W. Heffner and his involvement with House Bill 153, Ohio’s budget bill.  We definitely recommend that you check out the original article if you haven’t already, but here’s the rundown:

Stan W. Heffner used his official position to represent himself as an expert and provided testimony to the Senate Finance Committee regarding House Bill 153 and specifically recommend that the committee adopt a provision that would direct 2.2 million dollars annually to Educational Testing Service (ETS), the company that announced Stan Heffner’s hiring just three weeks earlier. […]

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In all of the post-budget excitement an interesting story went somewhat under reported. On June 30th John Kasich held a press conference in Findlay to announce that the state had agreed to offer Marathon Oil two separate tax credits and agreed to exempted certain practices done by Marathon Oil from the Commercial Activity Tax (CAT). These breaks will end up costing the state tens of millions of dollars every year.  As the Columbus Dispatch reported the next day:

Marathon Petroleum will get a 75 percent, 15-year job-retention tax credit from the state to keep its 1,650 employees in Findlay and a […]

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