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Subpoena deadline looms for Kasich's JobsOhio audit
Ohio's auditor wants to follow the private and public money
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


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Gov. Kasich's job-creating agency has until tomorrow to respond to the state auditor’s request for records about the economic development agency, JobsOhio. The head of the state’s Development Services Agency had supported that audit, but she’s no longer in charge. WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports.

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Gov. Kasich thought he could make the state’s economic development department more nimble by turning it into a quasi-private agency. But both Democrats and Republicans have been questioning the money that JobsOhio is receiving from public and private sources -- about $12 million dollars.

Auditor David Yost subpoenaed records two weeks ago to track all of it. But Kasich says only public money should be open to public inspection. The conservative Ohio Roundtable disagrees. Spokesman Rob Walgate said this to Ohio Public Radio last week.

“It almost feels like the people in charge are saying ‘Hey, sit back, relax. We’re smarter than the rest of you. We know how to do this. Don’t worry about the money. Trust us.’”

The former head of the state’s Development Services Agency, Christiane Schmenk, signed off on state grants for JobsOhio and welcomed an audit.  But as of today, she’s being been replaced by Commerce Department Director David Goodman.
At Commerce, Goodman oversaw the state liquor profits which will now be used to fund JobsOhio.He is the fourth person to head the Development Services Agency since Kasich took office in 2011.
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