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JobsOhio says it will comply with auditor’s subpoena
Critics of the audit threat fear it will scare away job creators
by WKSU's STATEHOUSE BUREAU CHIEF KAREN KASLER


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The public-private entity JobsOhio agreed to comply with a subpoena from the state auditor Tuesday, just 90 minutes before a noon deadline. But Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports there’s a twist to that story.

Kasler on the JobsOhio subpoena

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JobsOhio had been facing a subpoena from state auditor David Yost, who said he had the authority to audit its public and private dollars. JobsOhio says it will comply, but JobsOhio also says it’s refunding the $1 million it got from the state for start up costs and other grants, which total more than $5 million. But neither JobsOhio nor the governor’s office is happy. A Kasich spokesman says lawmakers need to stop what he calls “a chilling effect on job creation caused by a mistaken, overly intrusive interpretation of the Auditor’s duties.” And JobsOhio CIO John Minor says in a statement – quoting here – the auditor’s assertion that he can audit any private company, nonprofit, or charity that receives public funds will scare off new job creators and cripple economic development
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