Monday, August 12, 2013


More and more people and media are starting to ask questions about the operation of JobsOhio, the super secret, pet project of Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican. JobsOhio was the brainchild of Kasich. The agency takes state tax money, and private money and allows directors to dole out money to corporations for job development. Unfortunately, Ohio taxpayers don't know what criteria is used in the financial awards, how new jobs are counted, and if money is paid back if companies fail to deliver jobs. It is also unknown as to why members of the JobsOhio board have received some of that development money.  Are there financial awards provided to board members that bring new jobs to the state?  There are growing questions and suspicion surrounding the entire agency.


....As we’ve argued time and again in this space, Kasich and the Republican majority in the Legislature have strained credulity by enacting legislation that says JobsOhio is a private group and, therefore, does not have to adhere to state laws that guarantee transparency and public scrutiny.....

.....When the public — read that taxpayers — is kept in the dark about the inner workings of an entity that spends public dollars, bad things happen.

The Dayton Daily News, which has been unyielding in its push to blow the lid off JobsOhio, recently revealed that six of the nine members of the board of directors have direct financial ties to companies receiving public money....

Gov. Kasich has cut money to schools, counties, cities, and villages. Layoffs have taken place across the state in schools, police and fire departments. Where is all that money going? Is JobsOhio getting it? We want some answers.

JobsOhio must not being doing such a good job because there are more layoffs listed on the Warn page for ODJFS. Here is an updated ODJFS list with two new employers announcing layoffs:

Potential Number


Notice ID
08-09-2013 JPMorgan Chase (Mortgage Bank) Columbus/Franklin    
10-11-2013 201-595-5230
08-09-2013 CSC Worldwide Columbus/Franklin
08-09-2013 614-462-2228
International Union of Painters and Allied Trades Local Union; Glaziers, Architectural Metal and Glass Workers Local Union; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local Union; United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America, Carpenters Industrial Council Local Union; and Sheet Metal Workers International Association Local Union

John Kasich is just failing to deliver the jobs.