A coalition of progressive groups and a pair of Democratic state representatives are going back to the Ohio Supreme Court over the state’s job creation agency JobsOhio. But as Statehouse correspondent Karen Kasler reports, this time they have some unlikely help.
A state legislative panel has signed off contracts related to empowering the state's new private job-creation partnership, JobsOhio.
Last week, Gov. John Kasich announced an agreement between the state budget and commerce departments to transfer the state liquor business to JobsOhio for the next 25 years. The deal is worth $1.4 billion.
As part of the plan, the state Controlling Board on Monday approved a contract to allow the state Commerce Department to continue to distribute and sell liquor in Ohio.
The left-leaning group Progress Ohio says 24 million dollars in public money will go from the high-tech job creating Third Frontier program to local chambers of commerce. Brian Rothenberg says many of them support Ohio’s collective bargaining reform law.
“This is now a laundering scheme that allows for public money to flow into organizations that will be compromised in their decision-making over issues like Senate Bill 5 in the future,” says Rothenberg.
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Business loans and certain grants once handled by the state Department of Development will soon be taken over by a nonprofit organization.
State officials outlined some job-creation functions that will move from the state-run department to the semiprivate JobsOhio during a meeting Tuesday with business leaders and elected officials in Dayton.
The west-central area is one of six economic development regions that the state will be divided into under JobsOhio.