JobsOhio Audit Scolds Governor, Finds No Business Conflicts

State Auditor Dave Yost (bottom left) fought to gain access to the books of JobsOhio, which was created by Gov. John Kasich shortly after taking office.(Photo: WOSU composite)
State Auditor Dave Yost (bottom left) fought to gain access to the books of JobsOhio, which was created by Gov. John Kasich shortly after taking office.(Photo: WOSU composite)

Ohio’s state auditor has scolded Gov. John Kasich’s signature job-creation effort for sloppy handling of ethics and conflict-of-interest procedures in its first year, but says no business conflicts exist among its executives.

A compliance audit released Thursday by Republican Auditor Dave Yost followed a high-profile fight for access to JobsOhio’s private books. The review did not assess the office’s fiscal health, but slapped the office for several instances where it lacked or didn’t follow internal procedures.

Click here to read the full audit.

Yost, a former prosecutor, subpoenaed JobsOhio’s private books for the review. The move was criticized by Kasich and fellow Republicans in the Legislature.

JobsOhio complied under protest in March. Lawmakers also have changed state law to shield future private spending from the state audit process.

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