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Three local Democrats support a JobsOhio reform plan

Published: Thu, September 19, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report


Three local Democrats are supporting a plan by Cuyahoga County Executive Ed FitzGerald, a 2014 Democratic gubernatorial candidate, to change how Jobs-Ohio operates.

JobsOhio is a nonprofit group created by Gov. John Kasich, a Republican running for re-election next year, to head the state’s economic-development efforts.

State Rep. Ronald V. Gerberry of Austintown, D-59th, as well as Mahoning County Commissioner Carol Rimedio-Righetti and Youngstown Councilman Mike Ray, D-4th, were to support FitzGerald’s proposal at a press conference today at the county’s Democratic headquarters in Boardman.

FitzGerald says JobsOhio should be transparent, implement oversight, develop high-performance criteria, adopt and disclose anti-poaching requirements, and adopt a strict ethical guideline.

A JobsOhio spokeswoman said last week that many of FitzGerald’s proposals are already implemented.


1lacrossemom14(14 comments)posted 12 months ago

One pointless claim after another from Fitz and his followers. Thanks for pointing out things the organization already does. Im not sure where he thinks hes getting with trying to prosecute a non-profit. How much time would he waste as Governor? I for one dont want to find out.

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2theotherside(333 comments)posted 11 months, 3 weeks ago

JobsOhio keeps says it it already doing what it is supposed to. That they are following the law. The problem is the way the law was written to begin with, which is how Kasich wanted it, and which provides them with secrecy in their activities. That's the rub and that's what needs changed. The public should be asking what Kasich and JobsOhio is hiding that shouldn't be subject to public scrutiny, just like every other state agency that accepts and spends public tax dollars. That's why we have sunshine laws. Who cares that it's a "non-profit"?

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