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JobsOhio spent $15K in tax money on NCAA matchup

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Recently released receipts show Ohio's privatized job-creation office spent $15,000 in taxpayer dollars for a Dayton-area development agency to help underwrite the 2012 NCAA basketball game attended by Gov. John Kasich, President Barack Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron.

The Columbus Dispatch reported Monday ( ) that receipts showed JobsOhio gave another $35,000 in public money for the Toledo Mud Hens to develop a local branding campaign.

The newspaper found much of the $8.4 million in public money JobsOhio returned to the state earlier this year went to salaries, benefits, parking and cellphone bills, or to promotional efforts like web site development and the $1.35 million "Thrive in Ohio" ad campaign.

Information on future JobsOhio spending could be limited after lawmakers recently declared its main funding stream private.

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