Marking the three-year anniversary of the creation of JobsOhio, State Reps. John Patrick Carney (D-Columbus) and Ronald V. Gerberry (D-Austintown) today called on GOP leaders to hold hearings on the JobsOhio Accountability Act, citing stagnant job creation and underperformance at the state’s controversial economic development entity.
Since the creation of JobsOhio three years ago, investigative news reports have chipped away at the secret, so-called economic development entity, finding an agency mired in conflicts-of-interest questions, misappropriations, accounting problems and severe underperformance. One analysis found that JobsOhio actually did worse than its state-run predecessor, targeting $16.8 million more in taxpayer subsidies to corporations while bringing in 1,258 fewer job commitments.
Meanwhile, Ohio trails the national job creation rate, and ranks 45th for private-sector job growth over the last year. 31,000 more Ohioans are looking for jobs than at this time last year.
Today’s call follows a litany of requests to GOP officials for transparency and accountability at JobsOhio. Most requests—including those for investigations and public records—remain unanswered.
A copy of the letter can be seen below: