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Stimulus money moving Ohio jobs to Georgia

Tom Jackson • Mar 23, 2010 at 6:26 PM

State Sen. Jon Husted, R-Kettering, has pointed out in a news release that taxpayer dollars from the federal stimulus bill were used to help move 1,300 NCR jobs from Dayton, Ohio, to Georgia.

Husted cites an NCR news release from the company's Web site, which discusses a new NCR plant in Columbus, Ga. The release says, "The City of Columbus will use stimulus funding, provided by the Economic Development Authority, to purchase the building for the plant, which will be leased back by NCR." His release also cites a report from a Georgia TV station.

"The use of stimulus funds means that Ohio taxpayers were forced to pay for NCR's move to Georgia . I hope our federal officials will act swiftly to stop this expenditure of tax dollars that would allow one state to lure away jobs from another state," Husted said.


"Governor Strickland should use his influence with President Obama and Vice President Biden to ensure these stimulus dollars are not spent in Georgia."

Husted is a Republican, so naturally he's using the issue to embarrass Democrats, who pushed the stimulus bill through Congress without giving Republican congressmen such as U.S. Rep. Bob Latta time to even read it.

But he's raised an interesting question. Why is this legal?

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