Gov. Kasich 2014 rival proposes JobsOhio changes

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s 2014 gubernatorial rival says the state’s privatized job-creation office needs stronger ethics and transparency rules to protect against conflicts of interest and corruption.

Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald outlined a series of proposed policy changes for JobsOhio on Monday that he pledges to pursue if elected. They include restoring public records and lobbying laws from which JobsOhio was exempted, requiring more thorough and frequent disclosure of job-creation activities, and returning the state auditor’s ability to review JobsOhio’s private books.

His calls follow legal and conflict-of-interest questions facing JobsOhio.

FitzGerald stopped short of committing to dismantle the nonprofit and returning to a state-run development department if elected.

JobsOhio’s spokeswoman said the office already meets strict transparency and accountability standards. Kasich’s spokesman called FitzGerald’s job-creation record poor.

WKBN 27 First News provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. No links will be permitted. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s