Growing Chorus Laments Lack of JobsOhio Oversight
When Ohio Supreme Court Justice Paul Pfeifer lamented the courts' seeming lack of jurisdiction over Republican Gov. John Kasich's privatized job-creation board last week, he joined a growing chorus of the frustrated.
State lawmakers created JobsOhio in 2011 in a bill containing sweeping exemptions from public records and ethics laws.
Defenders of the corporate-style setup say JobsOhio files a long list of reports, disclosures and business filings. But it isn't only Kasich's political opponents who have raised concern.
Besides Pfeifer, a fellow Republican, the state's auditor and the leader of the Ohio Ethics Commission have both talked of their agencies' lack of oversight of the agency.