When John Kasich and Mark Kvamme created JobsOhio back in 2011, they promised us the world!   JobsOhio would be given all of Ohio’s liquor profits for 25 years, over six billion dollars in total, and it would be freed from the burden and constraint of government oversight, public record disclosure and public audits.  JobsOhio would then be able to move at the “speed of business” to kick the collective asses of all of our neighboring states, and the rest of the country, stimulating job growth and getting Ohioans back to work after the recession that started in 2007.

Sadly for Ohio, Kasich’s JobsOhio scheme doesn’t appear to be working as planned.

As the Plain Dealer pointed out on Monday, Ohio is lagging far behind the rest of the country in job growth.  While the U.S. has regained all of the jobs lost during the great recession, economists calculate that Ohio is still down 139,900 jobs from our pre-recession peak.   As Cleveland economist George Zeller points out, Ohio’s job growth has lagged the U.S. average for almost 20 months in a row.   “In 2014, the gap each month is getting wider between the growth rate in the country and in Ohio,” Zeller told the Plain Dealer.   Zeller points to the fact that Ohio had 0.77 percent job growth rate in May vs.  1.75 percent nationwide.

The Toledo Blade also took Kasich to task yesterday for trying to spin Ohio’s poor job numbers in his favor, pointing out that Ohio’s economic recovery actually began under Governor Strickland, not under Kasich, and as we’ve pointed out in the past, job growth in Ohio has actually slowed since JobsOhio took over economic development activities for the state.  Kind of makes you wonder what JobsOhio employees were doing to earn the $1.8 million they were paid in salaries for the last six months of 2013.  A tweet sent last night from JobsOhio’s official Twitter account, WhyOhio, may provide some insight:


The tweet was quickly deleted, but not before catching the attention of some of Ohio’s political tweeters.  “I’m wondering if they’ve confused their high scores with jobs numbers,” responded ODP Deputy Communications Director Brian Hester.  “There was more clarity in that tweet than in Jobs Ohio’s quarterly reports,” wrote Ohio Hardball.  “I’m sure Kasich will take credit for this as well,” tweeted Nick Buis, Ed FitzGerald’s campaign manager.

The JobsOhio tweet was posted around 7:30PM yesterday from, what we can assume, is an iPad or other mobile device paid for by JobsOhio.  If this had happened with a state employee on a state-owned device, all hell would be breaking loose trying to find out if the game was paid for by the agency and if the phone was being used for gaming during work hours.   But I’m guessing Kasich’s pal Tom Charles, the former IG and public safety director who has been “tasked with monitoring ethics” at JobsOhio, will probably let this one slide.



  • dmoore2222

    Just the tip of the iceberg. This will end up being one of Ohio’s biggest scandals. There’s too many pieces to hold together, too much money and too much secrecy. This kind of bamboozle always turns out badly.

  • anastasjoy

    Totally agree. When you shroud anything in secrecy and place it off-limits to oversight, even the most upright persons would be tempted and these are not the most upright persons! Every elected official needs to work in the light.

  • dmoore2222

    Frackin John acts like this is HIS money and he’ll do with it as he damn well pleases. Part of that is MY money, and the rest of it is YOUR money. So let’s all get a refund in November!

  • 333SAL

    This is how you play the game, Nick. I just read (belatedly) The Political Brain, by Drew Westen. Fascinating and pertinent w/re to why the Dems struggle to language to the common folk when the Repubs are so good at it (corporate marketing skills). This a.m. I read about Obama’s response to the Repubs re the border/child immigration crisis (http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/07/10/us-usa-immigration-obama-perry-idUSKBN0FE2MH20140710).

    The man still cannot language effectively to the demographics most involved in this situation. He remains aloof and “intellectual” — referring to a vague “problem,” and using sophisticated words like “theater.” Regardless of his proposed strategy about solving the crisis, he needs desperately to connect on an emotional level to the Hispanics/Latinos, whose vote the Dems will most certainly need in 2016. Solid research shows that popular opinion is captured by emotional reactions long before the reasoning sets in. As a reasoning person myself, I’d like to think otherwise, but that’s the way it is.

    The Republicans are masterful at this stuff, using decades of research to trigger the popular brain as they desire.

    I would like to think that the Fitzgerald campaign people are getting a clue and learning how to play on the same playing field. This was a good call by Nick Buis, but he needs to stay with it. Repetition works.

  • Red Rover

    You’re criticizing someone’s ability to speak effectively while using the word language as a verb…

  • Red Rover

    Haha, “I’m gonna wreck it!” Must be talking about the economy. Try to aim higher than your feet when tweeting, guys!

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