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Local Dems: Kasich, JobsOhio members tied to companies getting state funds



Published: Wed, August 7, 2013 @ 12:06 a.m.

By David Skolnick

skolnick@vindy.com

BOARDMAN

Local Democrats criticized Gov. John Kasich and six of nine members of Jobs-Ohio, the job-development agency he helped create, 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.

The Dayton Daily News reported last week that six of nine JobsOhio directors are employed by, sit on the board of, or hold stock in companies that received assistance from the state or JobsOhio, and the agency gave money to Worthington Industries. Kasich once served on that company’s board of directors.

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

The criticism isn’t about politics, Schiavoni said.

The Ohio Democratic Party organized Tuesday’s press conference at the Mahoning County Democratic Party headquarters in Boardman.

John A. McNally IV, the Democratic nominee for Youngstown mayor, said JobsOhio operates in a “culture of secrecy,” while Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti called for a full financial review.

The state Legislature passed laws, signed by Kasich, that exempt the Ohio Ethics Commission from investigating Jobs-Ohio members.

In response, Connie Wehrkamp, a Kasich spokeswoman, said, “Jobs-Ohio 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.”


Comments

1NoBS(1957 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Kasich is doing a terrible job - he's ignored laws and he's found lucrative jobs for his cronies, whom he supports with tax dollars, and whom he exempts from any oversight or explanation of how the money is spent. Used to be, the appearance of impropriety was enough to get a politician in trouble. Not now - King John just exempts himself from laws. He's above them.

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2timOthy(802 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

WHERE ARE THESE JOBS AND WHAT DO THE PAY ?? WHAT KIND OF BENEFITS DO THE HAVE ??? YOU'LL BE LEAVING YOUR NATIONWIDE HIGH RISE SOON JOHNNY BOY ! REMEMBER HOUSE BILL #5 ? AND THE KOCH BROS. ? YOUR BOSS. KASICH YOU DON'T WORK THE PEOPLE YOU'RE A COMPANY ANIMAL. AND A AS !

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3dontbeafool(941 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

Once again, take care of your buddy system. A law that they can't be investigated??? Sounds like a green light for curruption of tax payer's money.

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4redeye1(4558 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

tim The jobs are everywhere but here Why you might ask? It's simple, most people around here can't pass a drug test Secondly the people of the valley want to start at the top of the wage scale, they don't want to start at the bottom and work their way up. The unions have given them this mindset. They don't want to admit that times are changing.

Yes I too will be voting for John again. After all of the mess that Stricklin left Ohio in it took some tough decisions to get it right. But you liberturds think the Gov't should take care of everything for you.
NoBS he's just following the examples of OBAMMY in the WH. But at least he's using American citizens and not funding our enemies like the Chief Liberturd in the Whiote House is doing

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5commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 1 year, 2 months ago

JMHO, I agree, IF the Dems have names of people that are doing wrong--then give the names NOT just throw BS and see "were it sticks".

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