Proceeds of the state’s $1.5 billion liquor deal with a job-creation nonprofit would be shielded from public audit under a late addition to a fast-tracked bill now headed to the governor’s desk.
The move is meant to clear up an ongoing dispute over whether the state auditor has the authority to review certain financial records of JobsOhio, a private entity formed by Republican Gov. John Kasich and approved by state lawmakers to spur economic development in the state.
The GOP-dominated Senate passed the measure on a 22–10 vote Thursday, despite objections from state Auditor Dave Yost, a fellow Republican. The Governor is expected to sign the bill.