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93 state development deals fall short

COLUMBUS — “Many of the companies that receive economic-development incentives from Ohio, many promising to add or retain jobs, do not hold up their end of the deal. Last year, 64 percent kept their promises, according to a report from Attorney General Mike DeWine.”

— Dan Gearino, Columbus Dispatch

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Failed Baard coal project on “Clawback” list

The roster of failed development projects includes the Columbiana County Port Authority’s plans to buy land for the now-failed Baard Coal Energy Project.  According to the Attorney General’s report, the state notified the Port Authority that it is “clawing back” $305,500 in state funds that were supposed to be used to support the creation of 200 jobs on the site. None were created, and the project was officially cancelled in October 2011.  Ohio Citizen Action wrote to Governor John Kasich in May 2011 urging him to claw back the funds for this project. 

 — Sandy Buchanan, Executive Director, Ohio Citizen Action