There are serious legal questions about the funding of JobsOhio. Gov. Kasich's own commerce director said his duty to uphold the Ohio Constitution was stopping him from moving JobsOhio forward until these questions were resolved.
From the August 12, 2012 edition of the Columbus Dispatch, a letter from Ohio Commerce Director David Goodman to Mark Kvamme, interim president and chief investment officer for JobsOhio read as follows, "Though I personally question the validity of these constitutional challenges, I believe my oath of office to uphold the Ohio Constitution precludes me from executing the Franchise and Transfer Agreement until the Ohio Supreme Court is given an opportunity to address the merits of these claims."
Legally, nothing has changed since then. John Kasich has shown when there is a question about the Ohio Constitution he'll decide based on input from Wall Street financiers, instead of supreme court justices.
- Statement released yesterday by ProgressOhio, Dennis Murray and Senator Michael Skindell, plaintiffs in the case against JobsOhio, and their attorney, Victoria Ullman.It was issued in response to this announcement that funding for the controversial organization will go forward, even though the suit challenging the constitutionality of the program is still pending.