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Valley Democrats blame governor and JobsOhio for job cuts

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Mahoning County Democrats are accusing Ohio's Republican Governor and the JobsOhio program of using tax dollars to kill jobs in Ohio, not preserve or create them.

At issue the Democrats say, the JobsOhio program provided $4.5 million job creation tax credit to Verizon and the company decided to close it's Boardman facility by early next year and move the operation to the Dublin facility near Columbus. This would eliminate nearly 400 jobs in the Valley.

"I don't understand why a state entity would go and poach jobs from northeastern Ohio and take them to Columbus, Ohio and then not only lose 400 jobs, and then tell these folks 'oh no you can't transfer to Columbus,'" says State Representative Ron Gerberry, Ohio (D)

Press Secretary Rob Nichols who represents Governor Kasich's office says:

"If these partisan Democrats got their way, not only would have Youngstown lost these jobs, all of Ohio would have lost these jobs. Instead of attacking us, they should be apologizing to their constituents for being such galactic failures on the economy when Ohio families needed them most."

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