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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

1timOthy(802 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks 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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2dontbeafool(835 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks 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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3JMHO(139 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

First, where is the proof? Why won't they name the companies? Just like Dems to throw out some BS story hoping the low information voter latches on, which they usually do. Dems have some REALLY big stones to make these allegations after what's going on with obummer in the white house. Typical.

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4JMHO(139 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

Timothy

Did you ask those same questions about jobs when the national jobs numbers came out? In case you missed it, a majority of the jobs "gained" were part time low paying jobs. I distinctly remember when "W" was creating 3-400,000 jobs per month the Dems were calling them "burger flipper jobs." But now it's all good. The hypocrisy of the left never ceases to amaze me.

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5commoncitizen(961 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks 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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