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Local Dems criticize Gov. Kasich and his JobsOhio agency

Published: Tue, August 6, 2013 @ 4:59 p.m.

BOARDMAN — Local Democrats criticized Gov. John Kasich and six of nine members of JobsOhio, the job-development agency he helped create, today for having ties to companies that received tax credits and other state funding, saying it raises conflict-of-interest questions.

State Sen. Joe Schiavoni of Boardman, D-33rd, who voted in favor of a bill in February 2011 to create JobsOhio, said he trusted Kasich that the privatized economic-development committee would be transparent. But that hasn’t been the case.

“When things don’t seem right and things smell fishy there’s often some misconduct going on,” Schiavoni said.

In response, Connie Wehrkamp, a Kasich spokeswoman, said, “JobsOhio was created because the status quo embraced by the people holding this press conference led to skyrocketing unemployment and job loss. This is nothing more than a political stunt.”

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1JoeFromHubbard(1476 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This is expected when a Republican leader makes a statement or presents a plan in Ohio.

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2DSquared(1531 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

This is what the libtards do. Critcize others for doing what they themselves have done for DECADES! Tell Schiavoni to ask his president about HIS promised transparency! Why don't you smell what you're shoveling Joe!

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3sknirak(120 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

So then, Democrat is Good and Republican is Bad?

Talk to me about the politicians who control this valley and have one of the most disgusting records for honesty!

And there's criticism of a governor who has gotten the state out a big deficit?

I for one don't pull the lever for the Donkey party ANY LONGER!!

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4redeye1(5260 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Why aren't these same people complaining about how Obammy is hiding everything from the general public. No but they can try to cast a shadow over Kasich. Typical liberturds tactics to confuse the public. Job Ohio is creating jobs faster then when Strickland was in. So what is the problem? Too many jobs being created and less people on welfare to vote for the liberturds next election?

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5GoPens(397 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

He got the state out of deficit by robbing Peter to pay Paul. Ask local governments and public school districts about where their state funding has gone.

Republican AND Democrats are bad.

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6Boar7734(66 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Wait until your next property tax bill comes that eliminated the 12 1/2 % roll back on all new or replacement levies with Ohio's new budget. Oh, don't forget newly minted seniors over 65 will not get the Homestead Exemption rollback as well. If you thought school and safety services levies were difficult to pass before, once these facts are understood it won't matter which political party is in office. Starve the beast.

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7NoBS(2311 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

He didn't get squat in order - he withheld money from the local entities so he could squirrel it away at the state level. He's got a rainy day fund worth a couple billion dollars, and there's a hurricane at the local level.

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8DwightK(1399 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's stop treating Gov Kasich like he's a genius. Anyone can cut funding to local government and save it for use at the state level. All he did was force Ohio citizens to pay more local taxes for services they already had. Since when does a Republican raise taxes on voters?

He just wants to be a vice-presidential candidate in 2016.

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9walter_sobchak(2306 comments)posted 2 years, 1 month ago

Let's get back to point of the local Democrat politicians. They complain about 6 of the 9 directors receiving tax credits or other state funding. So, because they are members of a non-profit, their companies are then exempt from utilizing programs available to Ohio companies? We are talking about leaders of large corporations such as Marathon Oil, Ernst & Young, Cleveland Clinic, United Dairy farmers and THE E. Gordon Gee of OSU. These large corporations use the services of many small businesses in Ohio so there is a trickle-down effect to consider. I'm sure that the locals don't like the fact that there is no one from organized labor or some nephews of the pols on the board. But, that would not be very productive as they would only be leeches.

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