Created on Monday, 11 March 2013 Written by JULIE CARR SMYTH,AP Statehouse Correspondent
COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A powerful legislative panel has rebuffed a Democratic state representative's effort to put a temporary halt to some state development spending amid a dispute involving Gov. John Kasich's (KAY'-siks) private job-creation entity, JobsOhio.
Ohio Democratic Party Chairman and state Rep. Chris Redfern questioned the spending requests for the Ohio Department of Development or Ohio Development Services Agency ahead of Controlling Board approval of the items on Monday.
Development's legislative liaison, John Mahaney, couldn't readily explain how about $5 million in state development money got transferred to JobsOhio without legislative approval, nor could an agency spokesman.
Auditor Dave Yost, Kasich's fellow Republican, has subpoenaed JobsOhio's financial records as he undertakes a state audit. The Kasich administration and GOP state legislative leaders say the audit of private funds is outside Yost's authority.