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Democrats push for answers on JobsOhio funding

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Two Ohio House Democrats want leaders of JobsOhio to be forced to appear before a state legislative panel amid questions over the nonprofit's spending.

The call Thursday by state Reps. John Carney and Denise Driehaus comes as Republican Auditor Dave Yost is seeking access to records on JobsOhio's private finances.

Yost says he has the right to audit both the public and private funds flowing through the public-private partnership because it's being funded by $1.5 billion in bonds backed by proceeds from its rights to Ohio's liquor business for the next 25 years.

Gov. John Kasich and the Legislature created the entity to lure jobs to Ohio.

The Ohio Development Services Agency, the state's public development arm, has turned over documents to Yost related to JobsOhio's public dollars.

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