Some Democrats at the Statehouse are, once again, calling for an investigation into JobsOhio, the state’s non profit job creation company.
Democratic House Representative Jon Carney says the state’s top watchdog, Ohio’s inspector general, should look into possible conflicts of interest at JobsOhio.
Carney says Ohio law gives the state’s inspector general the authority to investigate JobsOhio. "It specifically defines within the section that governs the inspector general’s duties and the inspector general’s ability to go forward with the investigation and it includes a reference to JobsOhio," he says.
Democrats recently called for an investigation by the Ohio Ethics Commission but that agency said it didn’t have the authority to do it. Ohio Auditor Dave Yost wanted to investigate JobsOhio but state lawmakers re-wrote the law to make sure he couldn’t do a comprehensive audit of the program.
Republicans say there’s no need to audit JobsOhio. They say the state’s private development company is set up so it can respond to business more quickly and say that's why it cannot be as transparent as some Ohioans would like.