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FitzGerald Calls for Ethics Review of JobsOhio

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Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald wants the Ohio Ethics Commission to investigate JobsOhio, the privatized economic development agency Gov. Kasich championed.

On Thursday, FitzGerald, who is campaigning to unseat Gov. Kasich next year, said that there is “specific reason to believe the process is being abused.”

FitzGerald, a longtime critic of the secretive nature of JobsOhio, also called on the governor to “get ahead of this situation” and join in FitzGerald’s call for a probe. A spokesman for the governor told The Plain Dealer that FitzGerald should not expect the governor to call for a probe.

This week, the Dayton Daily News reported that six of nine JobsOhio board members have “direct financial ties” to businesses that have benefited from tax credits and other state aid. The paper also reported that JobsOhio secured tax credits for two subsidiaries of Worthington Industries, a steel company where Gov. Kasich once served as a director. The governor received a deferred compensation payment from the company in 2012. Still, the governor’s office insists, Gov. Kasich had divested his interests in Worthington Industries before taking office.

Meanwhile, FitzGerald stated that he would release his financial records to the public. “I will be a completely open book when it comes to my financial matters,” he said.

Via Cleveland.com.

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