A statewide meeting organized by the Ohio Liberty Coalition drew about 300 people to a church in Lewis Center, Ohio, Saturday. Speakers at the Reload 4 Liberty 2014! event discussed the Heartbeat Bill, a Right to Work ballot initiative and a strategy for winning races they say are ripe for picking. They also spoke on camera about Kasich, JobsOhio and RTW.
Ted Stevenot, who failed to qualify for the Republican primary ballot earlier this year, spoke about his precinct project. Stevenot has emerged as an activist who, despite his inability to challenge first-term incumbent Republican Gov. John R. Kasich in [...]Full Story... →
By all real measures used by actual economists, Ohio’s job growth stalled two years ago - right about the time that JobOhio, Kasich’s non-transparent and unconstitutional money hole, started handling economic development for the state.
While the U.S. has regained all of the jobs lost during the Great Recession, economists calculate that Ohio is still down 139,900 jobs from our pre-recession peak. Not surprising since Ohio’s job growth has lagged the U.S. average for almost 20 months in a row.
But Kasich isn’t going to let facts get in the way of him continuing to push his Ohio Miracle story. Especially not [...]Full Story... →
When John Kasich and Mark Kvamme created JobsOhio back in 2011, they promised us the world! JobsOhio would be given all of Ohio’s liquor profits for 25 years, over six billion dollars in total, and it would be freed from the burden and constraint of government oversight, public record disclosure and public audits. JobsOhio would then be able to move at the “speed of business” to kick the collective asses of all of our neighboring states, and the rest of the country, stimulating job growth and getting Ohioans back to work after the recession that started in 2007.
Sadly for Ohio, Kasich’s JobsOhio scheme [...]Full Story... →
Throughout the time that the various JobsOhio cases have been pending, I have tried to stay focused on the legal issues and avoided making disparaging comments on the various office holders involved in this monstrosity. I focused on the legal issues, primarily standing.
This month the Ohio Supreme Court once again prevented the case from being determined on the merits. This time it found that the constitutionality issue could not be brought by a declaratory judgment under the public rights standing doctrine. They stated that a declaratory judgment action is not the proper way to bring the case and that [...]Full Story... →
Five Republican Justices on the Ohio Supreme Court just did Governor John Kasich a huge political favor.
The Ohio Supreme Court threw out a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of JobsOhio on a legal technicality.
You can read the whole opinion here: ProgressOhio.org, Inc. v. JobsOhio, Slip Opinion No. 2014-Ohio-2382.
There is little doubt, in our view, that had a court been permitted to review the merits of the claims that JobsOhio violates the Ohio Constitution, the court would have ruled the centerpiece of the Kasich Administration unconstitutional. We won’t get into why here; just trust us, or read this [...]Full Story... →
Columbus CEO magazine recently interviewed Mark Kvamme, the California venture capitalist who helped design and implement JobsOhio, John Kasich’s signature economic development initiative. Mixed in among the questions about his super-exciting personal life and his fantastic investments, was a question about his work with Governor Kasich:
Working with the governor on JobsOhio, what do you think about the way the organization operates now and its prospects for the future?
Mr. Kvamme first attempts to differentiate JobsOhio from the [...]Full Story... →
According to Charity Watch, a group that analyzes the financial information and spending of non-profits, the most highly efficient and effective organizations should spend at least 75% of their expenses on program costs that go toward the organization’s mission, with only 25% going to administrative costs. Organizations that spend only 60% on program costs are considered satisfactory, and given a C rating. Anything lower than that, and the non-profits are given an unsatisfactory rating.
Charity Navigator uses a similar rating system for non-profits. “We believe that those spending less than a third of their budget on program expenses [...]Full Story... →
Last February John Kasich appeared at JPMorgan Chase’s Polaris Campus to announce big upcoming expansion plans for the financial company, which has strong ties to Kasich, the Ohio Republican Party and JobsOhio. Despite a lot of hoopla, handshaking and bell ringing on behalf of Kasich and his team at JobsOhio, things, as usual, didn’t go nearly as well as they had planned.
JobsOhio and the Kasich Administration officially and proudly announced job creation tax credits for JPMorgan’s planned expansion on May 21st, 2013. In exchange for these tax credits, JPMorgan was promising to create 500 new jobs. A [...]Full Story... →
If you recently tried to read our story about JobsOhio’s disappointing third quarter report you may have noticed that the link to the report no longer works. That because JobsOhio removed the original report and replaced it with a new, modified version of the document.
The first file had a create date of 11/21/2013 at 3:18:08 AM and a modified date of 11/22/2013 at 3:29:08 PM. It was quietly released on JobsOhio’s website sometime over the weekend of November 29th.
We wrote about the report on Sunday December 1st, noting that every single metric JobsOhio tracks was lower [...]Full Story... →
Back in September, shortly after it was reported that six of the nine JobsOhio board members have serious conflict of interest issues, Board Chairman James Boland admitted to the Dispatch that JobsOhio is seen as a “self-dealing, secretive and unaccountable” organization by the public. (Note: Boland was one of the six with potential conflicts )
Boland denied there was any problem at JobsOhio (“We have nothing to hide here”, he said) and said he didn’t have any plans to provide more transparency or public oversight of his organization to help change the image.
Instead, he planned to hire some new public relations experts.
Today [...]Full Story... →
Release bad news when no one is looking. That’s one of the tricks of political communicators. And that’s exactly what Kasich’s JobsOhio did today.
On the Sunday after Thanksgiving, two days after Black Friday, and the day after the OSU-Michigan game, most Ohioans are not following politics or job numbers. They are likely still hung over, possibly still wearing the same scarlet and gray clothes they went to bed in the night before, and most certainly are wondering what they can do with all those scraps of turkey they still have in their fridge.
Or, like me, they spent [...]Full Story... →