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Lawmakers repeat call for accountability to taxpayers as Ohio economy falls behind
February 18, 2014
Three Years Later, Nothing to Show at JobsOhio

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:

 
 
Over 800 privately-employed police departments currently exempt from public records laws
February 13, 2014
Bipartisan Proposal Would Provide Transparency in Police Records

State Reps. Heather Bishoff (D–Blacklick) and Michael Henne (R-Clayton) on Wednesday outlined a bill to provide transparency in police records. Their legislation, House Bill 429, would require private police forces to comply with the same records requirements as public forces.

 
 
Rep. Rogers introduces bill to update safety guidelines for new school facilities
February 12, 2014

State Rep. John Rogers (D-Mentor-on-the-Lake) recently introduced the “Student Safety Act,” bipartisan legislation to increase student safety by requiring specific security features for newly-constructed school buildings. 

 
 
Bipartisan bill would ensure privacy for sensitive information
January 31, 2014

State Reps. Heather Bishoff (D-Blacklick) and Robert Hackett (R-London) on Thursday introduced a bipartisan measure to clarify social media privacy laws for students, school employees and school districts. 

 
 
Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day legislation passes House
January 30, 2014

On Wednesday, Rep. Mike Sheehy (D-Oregon) announced the passage of House Bill 399, legislation which designates the first Friday in May as Prescription Drug Abuse Awareness & Education Day. The bill was inspired by a constituent in the district who testified before the Toledo opioid sub-committee hearing over the summer.

 
 
Miserable job growth reflects policies that invest in wealthiest, ignore average Ohioans
January 24, 2014
 
Middle-class Ohioans still waiting on Kasich's 'Ohio Miracle'
January 24, 2014
 
Latest job numbers highlight need to focus on economic opportunity for all
January 24, 2014
 
Average Ohioans struggle to get by while GOP invests in wealthy
January 24, 2014