From the daily archives: Monday, March 11, 2013

The Ohio Senate today tweaked Governor Kasich’s turnpike proposal, requiring any funds generated by turnpike bonds to be spent in Northern Ohio while freezing toll rates in statute. The move could lead to a Kasich veto and could be a further sign of what appears to be an increasingly chilly relationship between the Governor and leaders of his own party.

The Senate Transportation Committee adopted amendments to House Bill 51 that would require 90 percent of the proceeds of borrowing against future turnpike tolls to be spent within 75 miles of the Ohio Turnpike.  Another amendment locks in current toll […]

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A representative of the Ohio Development Services Agency (DSA) spoke to reporters outside of Controlling Board hearings today.  And when I say “spoke”, I mean only that words came out of his mouth, not that anything useful was actually said.

Reporters were interested in JobsOhio funding, specifically why the Ohio DSA give nearly $5 Million in grants to JobsOhio without first getting approval from the Controlling Board as required by law.  But Spokesman Todd Walker was clearly not  ready to answer any JobsOhio-related questions.  Instead he interrupted reporters and provided the same answer each time:  if you submit your questions to me I […]

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Yesterday kicked off Sunshine Week, a national event aimed at highlighting “the importance of open government and freedom of information.”

Ohio’s Republicans celebrated by trying to negotiate a compromise over how much information they will be hiding from the public related to the finances of JobsOhio.

According to the Dispatch State Auditor Yost, who clearly has the authority to audit JobsOhio, made an offer to Kasich to give up some of that authority by making sure “the results of the audit would not become public record for five years”.

This means the details of JobsOhio’s finances would be hidden from […]

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