The flap over the state auditor’s authority to look over the financial records of the governor's public-private entity JobsOhio continues, as the deadline to meet a subpoena looms ahead.
Republican Auditor David Yost says he fully anticipates that the governor’s office will comply with the March 19 subpoena because he says he hasn’t formally heard otherwise, though Republican Gov. John Kasich has told reporters he doesn’t feel the auditor has the authority to audit JobsOhio’s private dollars.
The continuing questions surrounding transparency at JobsOhio came up again in a routine meeting about money that goes to an agency that partners with the controversial job-creating entity.
The Development Services Agency’s requests to the Controlling Board included money for loans it administers for the public-private entity JobsOhio. State Rep. and Ohio Democratic Party head Chris Redfern grilled the Development Services Agency about whether its funds could be audited by the state auditor.
As Gov. John Kasich’s budget moves through the Statehouse, lobbying groups are meeting with lawmakers, talking with the governor’s office and giving testimony. Among the more controversial pieces is Kasich’s proposal to cut the state’s sales tax and extend it to include services, most of which are currently untaxed. For Ohio Public Radio, WCPN's Nick Castele reports business group lobbyists are weighing how to respond.
A fellow Republican state official has come out against Gov. John Kasich's proposed tax increase on drillers.
Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel tells a meeting of the Ohio Oil and Gas Association he believes the governor's proposal to increase the severance tax stands to scare away Ohio oil and gas investment at a critical time.
Mandel's remarks Thursday mark the second time in under a month he has bucked the governor on a major policy issue.