Vardon and Hallet have a story in today’s Dispatch driven by quotes from the head of JobsOhio’s board, James C. Boland.  In the piece, Boland admits that JobsOhio is seen as a “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” organization while he outlines his plan to turn that perception around.

“We’ve got to get on the offense and really let people understand what the hell we’re doing.” Boland told the Dispatch.   “We have nothing to hide here,” Boland later said.

We couldn’t agree more.  JobsOhio needs to let Ohioans know what the hell they are doing – especially when it comes to ensuring that all this secrecy and lack of accountability stuff isn’t leading to wasteful spending of taxpayer dollars or, worse, straight up corruption.

So is Boland planning to release the financial disclosure forms of JobsOhio board members and JobsOhio employees responsible for recommending which companies get financial incentives?

Is he going to make us feel better about Republican lawmakers hiding JobsOhio‘s financial records from Ohioans by agreeing to a public audit of JobsOhio’s books?

Is he finally going to release the names of the private donors who provided millions in start-up money to the organization?   Or tell us who paid for Kasich’s trip to Switzerland?

Is he going to allow public record requests so we can see who is influencing decisions at JobsOhio?

Is he going to give the public ANY additional insight into how JobsOhio is spending the over $6 Billion in state liquor money Ohio is giving the organization?

Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. And… of course… Nope.

Instead says he plans to address the bad press JobsOhio is getting by hiring a public relations firm and NOT by actually addressing any of the transparency or accountability questions that have caused all that bad press.

A month ago, The Dayton Daily News reported that six of the nine JobsOhio board members have direct financial ties to companies that received financial assistance from JobsOhio.  Boland was one of the six.  According to the DDN, Boland received $1.2 million in director fees over the past six years, and in 2011 he received company stock valued at over $2.5 million.  

That same year, “JobsOhio helped Sherwin-Williams secure a $5.8 million tax credit.” 

Also worth noting: Boland personally donated $22,000 in 2009 and 2010 to John Kasich’s campaign prior to being appointed to the JobsOhio board by the Governor in 2011.

Boland’s response is a clear and unmistakable Screw You! to Ohioans who only want to know how their money is being spent.   And if he thinks simply hiring a PR firm, and trying to woo editorial boards around the state is going to make Ohioans forget that Kasich and his pals in the legislature gave JobsOhio billions of our dollars with no oversight, transparency or accountability – he clearly has no idea what the hell he is talking about.

Evangelize!
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  • woktrap

    We need to compile this stuff before our man John fakes a “miracle” next June and send it to Fitzgerald

  • Retrofuturistic

    Yes, I’m really worried about that “faking a miracle” stuff….

  • dmoore2222

    Well when you create an incubator for fraud and corruption it’s no wonder it’s seen as “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” by your average, clear-minded person. What did these morons expect people would think? And people DO understand what the hell they’re doing, by the way. They’re hiding the activities of this boondoggle organization from the public. And no amount of spin by a PR firm will change the basic question people will always have, “what are you hiding?”. They asked for this when they went against every established norm of public accountability. And this red herring “trade secret” explanation just doesn’t wash with taxpayers because they don’t believe the State should be involved in secret dealings with THEIR money. If anything, all of these deals should be out in the open so the State, and its citizens, would know if they’re being played by a company which has happened a lot in the past. Fitzgerald needs to be relentless over this. The more they have to explain, the worse it sounds. Keep digging, Johnny!

  • dmoore2222

    Well when you create an incubator for scandal and corruption what do you expect average, clear-minded people to think. And they understand very well what the hell you’re doing–hiding the activities of this boondoggle organization from the public. What did these morons expect?And no amount of spin by a PR firm will change the basic question people will have–what are you hiding? They asked for this when they purposely departed from every norm of public accountability. And this red herring “tade secret” explanation just won’t wash with taxpayers who don’t believe the State should be involved in any secret dealings with THEIR money. If anything, all of these deals should be out in the open so the State, and it’s citizens, know if they’re being played by a company, which has happend a lot in the past. Fitzgerald needs to be relentless over this because the more these arrogant chumps have to explain this, the worse it sounds.

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