Local leaders support Jobs Ohio reform

Ed FitzGerald
Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, who just announced he is running for governor in 2014, made a stop in the Valley on Friday.

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – A group of local elected officials are continuing their fight for changes to the Jobs Ohio program.

The group, including Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio Righetti and State Rep. Ron Gerberry, D-Austintown, are supporting Ed Fitzgerald’s Jobs Ohio Reform Agenda.

Fitzgerald is running against Republican Gov. John Kasich in 2014. The democratic candidate is calling for more transparency and oversight to Jobs Ohio, which is a private, non-profit jobs creation group put in place by Kasich.

“The fact that Jobs Ohio deals with tax credits, it deals with state money. The fact is the board membership is appointed by the governor,” Gerberyy said.

Fitzgerald’s reform plan also calls for high performance criteria and reports, anti-poaching requirements and strict ethical guidelines.


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