Last year, Governor John Kasich signed into law the Employment First Initiative. The legislation directed government agencies serving the developmentally disabled to combine resources and provide them with more employment opportunities.
This year, all 88 Ohio counties to land one of six opportunities to get Employment First off the ground. Clark County was granted one of those slots. Superintendent of Clark County's Developmental Disabilities Board, Jennifer Rousculp, believes Employment First will help the board step up more of what they're doing.
Ohio's ethics agency has warned six of nine directors of public private job creation agency, JobsOhio, that their business interests raise potential conflicts of interest.
The Ohio Ethics Commission identified the six JobsOhio board members, including Chairman James Boland, along with three employees after a routine review of their confidential financial disclosure filings.
A JobsOhio spokeswoman said none of the potential conflicts amounted to anything. She said the board has not played a role in any dealings the flagged companies may have done with the state.
The Ohio EPA official who recently resigned is serving the last day of his tenure Friday. George Elmaraghy sent a letter in August telling employees the Kasich administration wanted him gone due to pressure from the coal industry. Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow has been following the story and spoke to Emily McCord for PoliticsOhio.
Emily McCord: Bring us up to speed on the situation surround George Elmaraghy’s resignation in August.