Ohio lawmakers ask watchdog to probe JobsOhio

COLUMBUS (AP) — Two Democratic state lawmakers in Ohio have asked the state watchdog to investigate possible conflicts of interest at Gov. John Kasich’s privatized job-creation office, JobsOhio.

State Reps. John Patrick Carney and Connie Pillich filed their complaint today with Ohio Inspector General Randall Meyer.

The request follows the Ohio Ethics Commission’s recent rejection of a Democratic request to review business ties between JobsOhio board members or Kasich and firms receiving state economic development help.

The law that created JobsOhio limits Meyer’s powers, requiring investigations to be initiated from the outside, not by Meyer himself. It also labels JobsOhio “a person who does business with the state,” which impedes some of Meyer’s evidence-gathering abilities.

A Kasich spokesman said JobsOhio has a proven track record and Democrats’ attacks are political.

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