Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The JobsOhio Saga Continues...

Today we have another article about Ohio Gov. John Kasich's JobsOhio funding controversy.


The mostly private job creation engine Ohio Governor John Kasich has fought so hard to create, made possible through the sale of state liquor profits far into the future, has yet to fire on all cylinders even though it's been more than two years since it was the first order of business of a new Republican governor and a friendly GOP legislature....

...From his first on the job, Gov. Kasich has been adamant in his belief that Ohio's formerly public development department should be private and off limits to public scrutiny so it can act at the "speed of business" instead of the "speed of statute." Speed is good, public prying is bad, according to Team Kasich.

While this kind of talk may sound good in the editorial board room of the Wall Street Journal or Forbes Magazine or even at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, an event Ohio's CEO-style governor attended this year, it may turn out to haunt him going forward if Ohio voters come to believe what Ohio Democrats want them to believe, namely, that the razzle dazzle of Gov. Kasich's private JobsOhio group is really ripping them off. Nobody likes to be ripped off, especially hard-working Ohioans, many of whom continue to struggle to keep a roof over their head, food on the table and hopes high enough to see their lot improving in the near future. 

While Kasich and his hand-picked members of JobsOhio spent millions of dollars on salaries, travel, office supplies, remodeling, top-of-the-line furnishings, and even a coffee bar, Ohio taxpayers have been left in the dark.  We don't know how much money was given to companies, how many jobs that money created, what agreements were made, and the length of those agreements. We have the right to know.