Governor, Auditor Disagree over JobsOhio Review
Updated: Thursday, March 7 2013, 08:01 PM EST
COLUMBUS -- The Ohio State Auditor has opted to go through the courts to obtain information about how public money is being used to fund a private company.
A copy of a subpoena provided to ABC 6/FOX 28 by Auditor Dave Yost’s office details a request for the financial records of JobsOhio by Noon on March 19, 2013.
JobsOhio is the private, non-profit job creation organization created by Gov. John Kasich, (R)-Ohio, as a tool for statewide economic development.
The agency is funded partially through liquor sales in Ohio, and partially through the sale of private bonds.
Through two grants, the Ohio Development Services Agency provided additional funds.
“Given that these DSA grant relationships are ending, and in the interest of transparency, I am requesting that your office undertake an agreed upon procedures engagement with DSA to examine the use of the monies,” DSA director Chritiane Schmenk wrote to Yost in a letter dated March 5.
The subpoena follows that letter.
Kasich told ABC 6/FOX 28 Thursday he believes the auditor is only entitled to a certain amount of information about JobsOhio finances.
“We want the auditor to audit the public funds,” Kasich said. “Once you get beyond the public funds, and you get into private operations, that’s where the problem comes.”
"The Governor and I have the same goal: to make sure JobsOhio's money is working for the people of Ohio — creating jobs and growing this economy for our families," Yost said in a written statement. "It's important to look at the total picture. The private bond proceeds trace directly back to the public money."
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