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State auditor to release details of JobsOhio audit

Nov. 21, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The state’s auditor plans to release his review Thursday of Gov. John Kasich’s signature job-creation program, JobsOhio, after a high-profile fight for access to its records.

Republican Auditor Dave Yost, a former prosecutor, ordered JobsOhio to turn over its private and public books. The move was criticized by Kasich and fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

JobsOhio complied under protest in March. At the same time, it returned $1 million in taxpayer startup money in a move possibly aimed at shielding the office from future government scrutiny.

Lawmakers also have changed state law to shield future private spending from the state audit process.

Under Kasich, the state Legislature created JobsOhio to replace the Ohio Department of Development. The first-term governor said he wanted a job-creation entity that was more nimble.



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