Popular OH tax witness paid $150K a year by trust

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Records show a favorite witness on Ohio tax and economic issues who’s relied upon for his objectivity draws a hefty stipend from a conservative trust fund.

An Associated Press review finds retired professor Richard Vedder draws only a fraction of his income from the public university he’s commonly identified with, while receiving $150,000 annually in consulting fees from the Alexandria, Va.-based Donors Trust. He hasn’t been on Ohio University’s regular payroll since 2001.

Vedder was a star witness on Gov. John Kasich’s (KAY’-siks) tax plan and his research was cited by backers of right-to-work legislation introduced last week.

Vedder says his opinions are dispassionate despite his relationship with the right-leaning organization.

Donors Trust supports free-market charities focused on shrinking government’s role. That includes a higher education center Vedder directs.

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