Local Dems criticize Gov. Kasich and his JobsOhio agency

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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