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Democratic lawmakers want to subpoena JobsOhio execs
Legislators question what's being done with the public money the agency is recieving

Karen Kasler
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Democratic lawmakers are stepping up their pressure on JobsOhio as questions continue to circulate about the money Gov. John Kasich's public-private job-creating entity is taking in and where it’s going. Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports.

Democratic lawmakers want to subpoena JobsOhio execs

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Democrats tried this week to stop funding to the state agency that services the loans offered by JobsOhio. They’ve tried to introduce a bill and amendments to other bills that would give the state auditor authority to do a full audit of JobsOhio. Now Rep. Denise Driehaus of Cincinnati says she’ll ask her colleagues on the Republican-dominated House Finance Committee to vote to order the heads of JobsOhio to appear before the panel.

“They won’t come in on their own volition, so we subpoena those guys and say, 'We want you to come in and testify.'”

JobsOhio has received $5.3 million in state grants. There’s already a subpoena for its financial records from state Auditor David Yost. Gov. John Kasich and House Speaker Bill Batchelder have said Yost doesn’t have the authority to audit JobsOhio’s private donations – which total nearly $7 million.
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