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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.”

For the complete story, read Wednesday’s Vindicator and Vindy.com


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1sknirak(120 comments)posted 1 year, 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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2GoPens(397 comments)posted 1 year, 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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3Boar7734(66 comments)posted 1 year, 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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4fattynskinny(195 comments)posted 1 year, 1 month ago

much of this money has been put aside for ACA which is going to largely increase the burden on states medicaid and for which there is still much uncertainty. this man is smart to be putting back this money until we see what happens...as no one really knows. stop supporting school levies and make them reduce the supers and administration salaries. people will learn to live within their means ONLY when forced to do so.

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5DwightK(1256 comments)posted 1 year, 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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6walter_sobchak(1910 comments)posted 1 year, 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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