A $300,000 travel advisory fund set up by Ohio Governor John Kasich has been suspended after a state audit found that it was not authorized by the governor’s office.
Ohio Travel Advisors was set up to help people who live in the state with travel expenses.
A new report by the Ohio Department of Revenue found that the travel fund was not set up properly and was used for non-essential expenses.
The Ohio Travel Advisory Fund is expected to reopen Tuesday.
Ohio Travel Advisers was set to launch on March 10, but a spokesman for the governor said the fund will be suspended until a new administrator is named.
The suspended fund will expire on March 15, according to the Ohio Travel Board.
Kasich spokesman Ryan L. Jones said the suspension was “in the best interest of the state.”
He said the governor “strongly opposes any travel by Ohioans that is not in the best interests of Ohio.”
The suspension is “not an excuse to not use the funds,” Jones said.
He added that Kasich’s office has directed the travel board to continue to use funds for nonessential expenses, such as staff salaries.KASICH SAYS HE’S NOT GOING TO TAKE THE COLLAPSE: President Donald Trump said in an interview on Fox News that he would not take the fallout from the travel advisory suspension as the reason for a vote on a tax increase.
“I’m not going to take that as a reason,” Trump said on Fox.
“I don’t care.
I’m not taking it as a vote.
We’re going to go forward and do what we have to do to get it done.”
Trump has faced criticism for his decision to suspend the travel program.
He has repeatedly said that he does not believe in a national travel ban.
He said it was “very unfair” that Ohioans were being singled out for travel bans because of a state budget crisis.
The Ohio Travel Commission was established in 2016 after lawmakers approved a $300 million travel advisory program that was meant to help Ohioans living in the Golden Triangle.
The program was funded by an income tax increase, but it was suspended when lawmakers failed to raise revenue to pay for it.
The commission was not allowed to collect taxes for six months, so the money was frozen.KISMANS PRESSURE ON TRUMP TO TAX ON COLLABORATE: The president’s top aide, Kellyanne Conway, said Monday on ABC’s “This Week” that Trump “will be the president that’s going to lead this country through the end of March.”
Trump said during a recent interview with the New York Times that he plans to pass a tax cut for people earning $400,000 to $500,000 a year, a plan that would provide a break for most families.
He told the newspaper that his administration would work to make sure everyone in the country has a tax break.
“People don’t get a tax benefit that they deserve,” he said.TRUMP ON TURN: Trump will be leaving Washington on Wednesday for an overseas trip that will include stops in Saudi Arabia, Japan and the Philippines.
He is expected in the Philippines, which is also the home of the Philippines Embassy, on March 25.
Trump is scheduled to arrive in Tokyo on March 28.
He will also be in Japan on March 29 and in Singapore on March 30.
Trump has been criticized for not meeting with lawmakers in his first few months in office.