As session days run out, the Senate amended an unrelated bill to require greater transparency and accountability of JobsOhio, Governor Kasich’s privatized economic development agency. The amendment supported by Auditor of State Dave Yost requires performance audits of JobsOhio every four years.
“JobsOhio is a quasi-public agency that exists to serve a public purpose for Ohioans,” Auditor Yost said in a press statement. “The people of Ohio deserve a seat at the table. This amendment ensures that any performance audit of JobsOhio is completely independent.”
The amendment later won unanimous bi-partisan support by the full Senate even though JobsOhio officials oppose the legislative mandate. Both Republican and Democrat gubernatorial candidates have called for improved transparency. 6/7/2018