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Ohio Democrats try a new tact in calls for JobsOhio investigation
They say conflict-of-interest questions make it a perfect case for the Ohio inspector general

Jo Ingles
In The Region:

Some Democrats at the Statehouse are, once again, calling for an investigation into JobsOhio, the state’s non-profit job creation company.

Democratic House Rep. Jon Carney says Ohio’s inspector general should look into possible conflicts of interest.

Carney says Ohio law gives the inspector general the authority to investigate the company.

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“It specifically defines within the section that governs the inspector general’s duties and the inspector general’s ability to go forward with the investigation and it includes a reference to JobsOhio.”

Democrats recently called for an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission, but that agency said it didn’t have the authority to do it.

Ohio Auditor Dave Yost wanted to investigate JobsOhio but state lawmakers re-wrote the law to bar him from such a review.

Republicans say the state’s private development company is set up so it can respond to business more quickly and that's why it cannot be as transparent as some Ohioans would like.


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