Showdown with JobsOhio
Updated: Thursday, March 14 2013, 07:47 PM EDT
COLUMBUS — The showdown with JobsOhio is not over as Democratic lawmakers continue to fire shots at Governor John Kasich and what they say is a lack of accountability in the program.
Last week Republican State Auditor Dave Yost subpoenaed the financial records of JobsOhio which so far the Kasich administration has ignored.
There is a Tuesday deadline for JobsOhio to comply with the subpoena Yost issued March 6.
State representatives John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) and Denise Driehaus (D-Cincinnati) held a news conference to discuss approaches to get answers from the Kasich administration on what they call “questionable JobsOhio and Development Services expenditures. Carney said. “We want them to fully open their books. What they have spent money on, where the money has come from. I think there is clearly growing concerns about whether something unsavory has happened there.”
Thursday it was announced that David Goodman will leave his post as Department of Commerce Director to become the director of the state’s Development Services Agency that deals with JobsOhio.
Goodman replaces Christiane Schmenk who has led the DSA since July 2011.
Following a Medicaid Expansion rally at the Riffe Center, a spokeswoman for Governor Kasich said “he did not have time” to talk with reporters about the concerns raised in the Democrat’s news conference.
Reporter: LuAnn Stoia
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