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State auditor says he "unmade friends" over JobsOhio fight
A new bill blocks Auditor Yost from auditing private group funded with public money

Karen Kasler
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The state auditor spoke to a conference of fraud examiners today and made his first public comments about the newly passed measure that blocks his authority to audit JobsOhio.


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Auditor David Yost talked mostly about problems with student-attendance data with the Columbus Public Schools. He never mentioned the JobsOhio situation directly, but it was clear it was on his mind.

“We don’t have our jobs, we do not exercise our duties in this profession so that we can make friends," Yost says. "I know that very personally. I’ve unmade a lot of friends in the last couple of weeks.”

The Republican auditor maintains that he feels he has the authority to audit JobsOhio’s finances, which come from state liquor profits. Now that the Republican-dominated legislature has clarified that he does not, Yost says the debate has been concluded. But he says he is confident the friendships that were unmade will not do permanent damage.

“There are occasions when Mrs. Yost undertakes a process that I find to be inadequate for terms of considering my point of view and we’re still married,” Yost says.

As for legal action in the Ohio Supreme Court against the measure, Yost says he is not sure on what grounds that could be pursued and that his office has not looked into that.


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