Friday, October 24th, 2014

Did Wendy's founder flee Ohio 'on his deathbed'?

PolitiFact Ohio explored whether Dave Thomas fled to Florida to avoid Ohio's estate tax.
PolitiFact Ohio explored whether Dave Thomas fled to Florida to avoid Ohio's estate tax.

Ohio state Rep. Jay Hottinger, a leader of the drive to repeal the state's estate taxes, didn't have numbers to cite when he claimed that a "shockingly high number of Ohioans leave because of the tax."

But he did cite an example: "Dave Thomas left the state literally on his deathbed to avoid the estate tax," Hottinger said of the founder of the Wendy's chain.

PolitiFact Ohio put that to the Truth-O-Meter and found the exit wasn't quite so hasty.