Statewide News
4:28 pm
Fri August 10, 2012

Ohio Jobs Group Files Court Complaint

Ohio's new private job creation entity is asking the Ohio Supreme Court to force the state to provide funding that's been expected but delayed by a lawsuit.

The budget and commerce departments agreed to transfer rights to the state liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years in a deal worth $1.4 billion.

JobsOhio filed a complaint Friday asking the high court to compel the commerce director to move forward with the agreement.

The process has been delayed by a lawsuit by a liberal group and two Democratic lawmakers challenging whether turning public money over to a private entity is constitutional. A judge dismissed the challenge. A state appeals court upheld the decision.

The commerce director says he can't move forward until the high court addresses the legal challenge.